400 Must-Have Words for the TOEFL®
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400 Must-Have Words for the TOEFL® LYNN STAFFORD-YILMAZ LAWRENCE J. ZWIER MCGRAW-HILL New York Chicago San Francisco • Lisbon • • London • Madrid • Mexico City • Milan • New Delhi San Juan • Seoul • Singapore • Sydney • Toronto
This book is dedicated to my late father, Richard J. Zwier, an intelligent, unselfish man. And to my dear friend Sepideh Farsai, who developed a keen command of both the vocabulary and idioms of English.
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For more information about this title, click here Contents Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xi Six Quick Hints for Success on the TOEFL® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xiii Nature LESSON 1 Food Crops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 LESSON 2 Disaster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 LESSON 3 Evolution and Migration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 LESSON 4 Petroleum Alternatives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Science LESSON 5 Time Efficiency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 LESSON 6 Ancient Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 LESSON 7 Computers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 LESSON 8 Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Mind and Body LESSON 9 Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 LESSON 10 Spirituality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 LESSON 11 Illness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 LESSON 12 Surgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 LESSON 13 Ghosts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60
viii Contents Society LESSON 14 Anthropology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 LESSON 15 Social Inequality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 LESSON 16 Expertise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 LESSON 17 Military Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 LESSON 18 War and Conquest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 LESSON 19 History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90 Money LESSON 20 Financial Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 LESSON 21 Wealth and Social Class . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 LESSON 22 Personal Property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .106 LESSON 23 Employment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110 LESSON 24 International Trade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Government and Justice LESSON 25 Politics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123 LESSON 26 A Reasonable Doubt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .128 LESSON 27 The Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .133 LESSON 28 Investigating Crimes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .138 LESSON 29 Government Corruption . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .142 LESSON 30 Crimes at Sea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .146 LESSON 31 The War on Drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .151 Relationships LESSON 32 Family Relationships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .157 LESSON 33 Friendship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .162
Contents ix LESSON 34 Passion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .166 LESSON 35 Negative Emotions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .170 Culture LESSON 36 Social Rebels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .177 LESSON 37 Painting and Sculpture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .181 LESSON 38 The Written Word . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .186 LESSON 39 Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .191 LESSON 40 Risky Fashions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .195 400 Must-Have Words for the TOEFL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .199
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4 Nature 4. cultivation n. Preparing the land to grow crops; improvement for agricultural purposes With the development of land cultivation, hunters and gatherers were able to settle in one place. Parts of speech cultivate v 5. fertilize v. To supply with nourishment for plants by adding helpful substances to the soil This farm fertilizes tomatoes more than any other crop. Parts of speech fertilizer n, fertilization n 6. intensify v. To increase in power; to act with increased strength Jacob’s long absence intensified his certainty that he should marry Rose. Parts of speech intensification n, intense adj 7. irrigation n. The supplying of water to dry land In dry areas of the country, you can see ditches all over the farm- land for irrigation. Parts of speech irrigate v 8. obtain v. To gain possession of; to get After a series of difficult interviews, he finally was able to obtain the job. 9. photosynthesis n. The process by which green plants make their own food by combining water, salts, and carbon dioxide in the pres- ence of light. Oxygen is a by-product of the process of photosynthesis. Parts of speech photosynthesize v 10. precipitation n. Water that falls to the Earth’s surface In the Pacific Northwest, the high level of precipitation ensures rich, green plant life.
Food Crops 5 TOEFL Prep I Complete each sentence by filling in the blank with the best word from the list. Change the form of the word if necessary. Use each word only once. abandoned precipitation cultivation fertilize photosynthesis 1. Through __________, green plants create organic materials with the help of chlorophyll. 2. The coastal city gets half of its __________ during the months of Jan- uary, February, and March. 3. Farmers use various methods of land __________. 4. When they heard the hull crack, all but two of the sailors __________ ship. 5. Inexperienced gardeners may not realize how important it is that they __________ their plants. TOEFL Prep II Find the word or phrase that is closest in mean- ing to the opposite of each word in the left-hand column. Write the letter in the blank. 1. obtain (a) weaken 2. intensify (b) separate 3. irrigation (c) lose 4. aggregate (d) drainage 5. adversely (e) positively TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. In countries like Niger and Mauritania, the cultivation of land has changed little in the past several centuries. Bonus Structure— Additionally, these countries’ mono-modal rainfall pattern As a result means brings precipitation for only three months during the year. “therefore,” “for As a result, food production doesn’t nearly meet demand. this reason.”
6 Nature Several agencies and organizations have intensified their efforts to increase the productivity of land in these countries.They have introduced new strains of seed, improved irrigation techniques, and introduced new methods of fertilization and soil management. With ample sunlight for photosynthesis and modern irrigation techniques, sustainable farming techniques should allow farmers to boost aggregate production in order to meet demand. Still, crop revitalization faces an unexpected adversary: institutional incompetence.Where crop specialists have convinced individual farmers to abandon old farming techniques in place of new, they can’t readily obtain the governmental cooperation they need. The biggest hurdles are political corruption, incompetence, and the absence of a marketing infrastructure. 1. In this passage, the word adversary is closest in meaning to a. friend b. helper c. enemy d. leader 2. In the last paragraph, the word they refers to a. crop specialists b. farmers c. farming techniques d. adversaries Lesson 1 Food Crops TOEFL Prep I 1. photosynthesis 2. precipitation 3. cultivation 4. abandoned 5. fertilize TOEFL Prep II 1. c 2. a 3. d 4. b 5. e TOEFL Success 1. c 2. a
8 Nature 4. eruption n. A sudden, often violent, outburst The eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980 caused 57 deaths and immeasurable change to the face of the mountain. Usage tips Eruption is often followed by an of phrase. Parts of speech erupt v 5. famine n. Severe hunger; a drastic food shortage The potato famine in Ireland in the mid-nineteenth century caused large numbers of Irish people to emigrate to America. 6. flood n. An overflowing of water; an excessive amount The constant rain and poor drainage system caused a flood in town. The political party sent out a flood of letters criticizing their opponents. Parts of speech flood v 7. impact n. A strong influence The speech about the importance of education made an impact on me. Usage tips Impact is usually followed by on or of. Parts of speech impact v 8. persevere v. To keep going, despite obstacles or discouragement; to maintain a purpose The hikers persevered despite the bad weather and the icy trail. Parts of speech persist v, persistent adj 9. plunge v. To go down suddenly; to decrease by a great amount in a short time He jumped off the diving board and plunged into the pool. The value of the company’s stock plunged after its chief executive was arrested.
Disaster 9 Usage tips Plunge is often followed by an into phrase. Parts of speech plunge n 10. unleash v. To release a thing or an emotion When they saw the strange man on their property, they unleashed their dogs. He is from such an unemotional family, he will never learn to un- leash his feelings. TOEFL Prep I Find the word or phrase that is closest in meaning to the opposite of each word in the left-hand column. Write the let- ter in the blank. 1. persevere (a) to pass by without hitting 2. anticipate (b) to give up 3. famine (c) to not see something coming 4. collide (d) harmless 5. catastrophic (e) excess of food TOEFL Prep II Circle the word that best completes each sentence. 1. Residents of Hawaii must accept the possibility of a volcanic (eruption / perseverance). 2. Years after the accident, she was finally able to (anticipate / unleash) her feelings of anger. 3. Houses along the river often face (famine / flooding) during the rainy season. 4. Many people think it is cruel to (collide / plunge) live lobsters into boil- ing water. 5. A well-written essay should make some kind of (catastrophe / impact) on its readers.
10 Nature TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. Nature challenges humans in many ways, through disease, weather, and famine. For those living along the coast, one unusual phenomenon capable of catastrophic destruction is the tsunami (pronounced “tsoo-NAH-mee”). A tsunami is a series of waves generated in a body of water by an impulsive disturbance. Earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, explosions, and even the impact of meteorites can generate tsunamis. Starting at sea, a tsunami slowly approaches land, growing in height and losing energy through bottom friction and turbulence. Still, just like any other water waves, tsunamis unleash tremendous energy as they plunge onto the shore. They have great erosion potential, stripping beaches of sand, undermining trees, and flooding hundreds of meters inland. They can easily crush cars, homes, vegetation, and anything they collide with. To minimize the devastation of a tsunami, scientists are constantly trying to anticipate them more accurately and more quickly. Because many factors come together to produce a life-threatening Bonus Structure— Despite this tsunami, foreseeing them is not easy. Despite this, researchers means “even so; in meteorology persevere in studying and predicting tsunami regardless.” behavior. 1. Which sentence best expresses the essential information of this passage? a. Tsunamis could become a new source of usable energy in the next hundred years. b. Tsunamis do more damage to the land than flooding. c. Tsunamis can have an especially catastrophic impact on coastal communities. d. Scientists can predict and track tsunamis with a fair degree of ac- curacy, reducing their potential impact. 2. In the first sentence, why does the author mention weather? a. because tsunamis are caused by bad weather b. because tsunamis are more destructive than weather phenomena c. as an example of a destructive natural force d. as an introduction to the topic of coastal storms
Disaster 11 Lesson 2 Disaster TOEFL Prep I 1. b 2. c 3. e 4. a 5. d TOEFL Prep II 1. eruption 2. unleash 3. flooding 4. plunge 5. impact TOEFL Success 1. c 2. c
Evolution and Migration 13 Usage tips Evolve is often followed by into or from. Parts of speech evolution n, evolutionist n 4. feature n. Part, characteristic The best feature of this car is its heated seats. Usage tips Feature is often followed by of. Parts of speech feature v 5. generation n. A group of people born at about the same time As older managers retired, a new generation of leaders took control of the company. Usage tips Before generation, an adjective like new, next, earlier, or older is common. Generation is often followed by of. Parts of speech generational adj 6. inherent adj. Naturally characteristic; always found within something, because it’s a basic part of that thing No job can be interesting all the time. Boredom is inherent in any kind of work. Usage tips Inherent is often followed by in. Parts of speech inherently adv 7. migration n. Movement from one place to another by a group of peo- ple or animals The migration of farm workers from one state to the next depends primarily on the harvest. Usage tips Migration is often followed by to or from. Parts of speech migrate v, migrant n, migratory adj 8. physical adj. Related to the body; related to materials that can be seen or felt Because of the shape of its throat, an ape does not have the physical ability to speak.
14 Nature The mountains form a physical barrier between the west and the east. Usage tips Physical usually comes before the noun it describes. Parts of speech physically adv 9. process n. A series of steps leading to a result To get a good job, most people go through a long process of letter- writing and interviews. Usage tips Process is often followed by of plus the -ing form of a verb. Parts of speech proceed v, process v 10. survive v. To continue living (despite some danger or illness) After getting lost in the mountains, Gordon survived by eating wild plants and catching fish. Usage tips Survive is often followed by a phrase with by. Parts of speech survivor n, survival n TOEFL Prep I Find the word or phrase that is closest in meaning to the opposite of each word in the left-hand column. Write the let- ter in the blank. 1. physical (a) not an integral part 2. migration (b) stay the same 3. adapt (c) die 4. inherent (d) staying in one place 5. survive (e) mental TOEFL Prep II Choose the word from the list that is closest in meaning to the underlined part of each sentence. Write it in the blank.
Evolution and Migration 15 diverse evolved generation process survive _______________1. Various languages are spoken on the Indian subconti- nent. _______________2. Making bread involves a sequence of steps that takes about three hours. _______________3. Few sea turtles manage to live through their first year of life. _______________4. This age group tends to support current educational policies. _______________5. Her thinking about economics has changed slowly in the last several months. TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. The migration from Asia to North America across the Bering Strait (perhaps by land bridge) was a monumental event in human history.The process of overspreading the Americas took more than 1,000 years, or 30 generations.This might seem to confirm common sense—that slow travel was inherent in any great migration without wheeled vehicles across unknown terrain. Further thought shows Bonus Structure— that this process was remarkably fast—about 10 north- Further thought south miles per year, on average. The Americas were means “looking deeper; thinking populated at an astounding pace, when one considers more.” the physical limits of the human body and the physical features of the American continents. Legs of humans can move only so fast under the best of circumstances, and they work even slower over mountain passes or deserts. Populations spread through the diverse regions of the Americas (grasslands, eastern forests, coastal swamps) and needed to adapt to their new environments. The migrants’ lifestyle had evolved over the years to that of professional nomads ensuring that they would find the resources needed to survive.
16 Nature 1. Which sentence best expresses the essential information in this passage? a. Human migration across the Bering Strait was remarkably slow. b. Physical limitations made migration across the Bering Strait almost impossible. c. Humans readily adapted to life in the Bering Strait. d. The migration through the Americas was surprisingly fast. 2. In this passage, the word monumental is closest in meaning to a. disastrous b. evolving c. important d. physical Lesson 3 Evolution and Migration TOEFL Prep I 1. e 2. d 3. b 4. a 5. c TOEFL Prep II 1. diverse 2. process 3. survive 4. generation 5. evolved TOEFL Success 1. a 2. c
18 Nature 4. dispose of v. To throw away; to get rid of; to kill She disposed of her unwanted possessions before moving. The tyrant cruelly disposed of all his enemies. Usage tips Dispose of should be learned as a unit. In this meaning, dispose does not occur without of. Parts of speech disposal n, disposable adj 5. elementally adv. In terms of elements; basically Elementally, coal and diamonds are the same. Parts of speech element n, elemental adj 6. emission n. Sending out from a small space into the general environ- ment; a substance discharged into the air The Environmental Protection Agency regulates the emission of pollutants into the air. Usage tips Emission is usually followed by an of phrase. Parts of speech emit v 7. extinction n. Complete disappearance; the end of existence Human beings have caused the extinction of many other species. Usage tips Extinction implies an absolute end; an extinct thing cannot be brought back into existence. Parts of speech extinct adj 8. reservoir n. A place where a liquid is collected and stored Cult members threatened to poison the town’s water reservoir. Parts of speech reserve v 9. shrink v. To become reduced in size, amount, or value If you dry your clothing on the “high heat” setting, they may shrink. Parts of speech shrinkage n, shrinkable adj
Petroleum Alternatives 19 10. stable adj. Firm and dependable; showing little change He fell because the ladder wasn’t stable. Parts of speech stability n, stably adv TOEFL Prep I Find the word that is closest in meaning to the op- posite of each word in the left-hand column. Write the letter in the blank. 1. stable (a) keep 2. contamination (b) expand 3. extinct (c) unsteady 4. dispose of (d) existing 5. shrink (e) purity TOEFL Prep II Circle the word that best completes each sentence. 1. The (constraints / contamination) of being in prison made her hate so- ciety even more. 2. A recognition that the Earth is round was one of the (elemental / shrunken) advances in thought during the time period. 3. Mother Teresa, who helped the poorest of the poor, had a great (disposal / reservoir) of love within her spirit. 4. Automobiles are responsible for some (emissions / extinction) of green- house gases. 5. By the end of the storm, the hikers had (depleted / reserved) even their emergency stores. TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the question that follows. Human consumption of fossil fuels is expected to fully Bonus Structure— deplete the Earth’s crude oil reserves by the year 2060. As One promising underground reservoirs of oil continue to shrink, we have source signals the no choice but to find alternatives. One promising source, point of this with much cleaner emissions, is called bio-diesel. Bio- paragraph.
20 Nature diesel is often made from soybean oil, although it can be made from any vegetable oil that is not elementally different from soy. Bio-diesel can even be made from used cooking oils that homes or restaurants would otherwise dispose of. Bio-diesel can be used without constraint in any vehicle that runs on diesel—no modifications are needed. Presently, diesel engines can take up to 20 percent soy in their soy-diesel blend.As the need for bio-diesel increases and the technology improves, we may soon witness the extinction of the fossil-fueled vehicle.This is good news for the planet, as bio-diesel is a more stable source of energy than petroleum, and it reduces contamination of our air and water. An introductory sentence for a brief summary of the passage is provided below. Complete the summary by selecting the three answer choices that express the most important ideas in the passage. In each blank, write the letter of one of your choices. Bio-diesel is a promising alternative to fossil fuels. • • • a. Humans have shown little self-restraint in their consumption of fossil fuels. b. Underground reservoirs of oil will soon be depleted. c. Bio-diesel burns cleaner than fossil fuels. d. Bio-diesel comes from a more stable source than petroleum. e. Restaurants can save disposal fees on used cooking oil. Lesson 4 Petroleum Alternatives TOEFL Prep I 1. c 2. e 3. d 4. a 5. b TOEFL Prep II 1. constraint 2. elemental 3. reservoir 4. emission 5. deplete TOEFL Success a, c, d
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24 Science 4. exponentially adv. At a very fast rate In Turkey, the value of the lira has decreased exponentially in the last several decades. Usage tips Exponentially is taken from mathematics, where an exponent is a number indicating how many times something is multiplied by itself. For example, 43 contains the exponent “3,” indicating 4 × 4 × 4. Parts of speech exponent n, exponential adj 5. infinitesimal adj. Immeasurably small The number of contaminants in the water was infinitesimal, so the water was safe to drink. Parts of speech infinitesimally adv 6. maximize v. To increase or make as great as possible A coach helps each athlete maximize his or her potential. Parts of speech maximum n, maximum adj 7. parallel adj. Being an equal distance apart everywhere The street where I live runs parallel to the main road through town. Usage tips Parallel is often followed by to. Parts of speech parallel n, parallel adv 8. proportion n. A part in relation to the whole The average employee spends a large proportion of each workday answering e-mails. Usage tips Proportion is often followed by of. Parts of speech proportionate adj, proportionally adv 9. rate n. The cost per unit of a good or service; the motion or change that happens in a certain time. Postal rates in Japan are among the highest in the world.
Time Efficiency 25 Some grasses grow at the rate of one inch per day. Parts of speech rate v, rating n 10. sequence v. To organize or arrange in succession Volunteers have been asked to sequence the files and organize the boxes. Parts of speech sequence n, sequentially adv TOEFL Prep I Complete each sentence by filling in the blank with the best word from the list. Change the form of the word if necessary. Use each word only once. adjust arbitrary denominator infinitesimal rate 1. Students felt that the exam was unfair and the grading system was rather __________. 2. The __________ of increase in prices made it difficult for people to af- ford basic goods. 3. Politicians promised great changes in the coming year, but any im- provement in people’s lives was __________. 4. She quickly overcame her culture shock and found it easy to __________ to the new country. 5. You can add two fractions that have the same __________. TOEFL Prep II Find the word or phrase that is closest in mean- ing to the opposite of each word in the left-hand column. Write the letter in the blank. 1. arbitrary (a) mix up 2. maximize (b) intersecting 3. sequence (c) minimize 4. infinitesimal (d) huge 5. parallel (e) planned out
26 Science TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. Time is, as we all know, money. Such valuation of time leads people to extreme efforts to maximize their use of time. Some people obsess over knowing the exact time. They buy clocks and watches that Bonus Structure— automatically adjust themselves over the Internet or by radio As we all know waves.These measurements allow them infinitesimal accuracy is a writer’s device in dealing with time. Regardless of how one tracks time, most for appealing to people share a common goal: They want to use time common knowledge. effectively. Since about 1982, this efficiency has increased exponentially each year, thanks to computers and their ability to multitask. In multitasking, a computer executes several different tasks in parallel. Rather than being set arbitrarily, each task is given a priority in the computer’s operating system, and time is spent in proportion to the priority of the task.The computer executes different sequences of tasks at different clock cycles, thereby increasing the rate of output from a process. 1. Why does the author mention computer multitasking in this article? a. because it is new b. because it measures time better than any clock c. because it helps people to arrange their activities sequentially d. because it is a good example of the efficient use of time 2. The underlined word sequences in the passage is closest in meaning to a. styles b. lengths c. orderings d. difficulty levels Lesson 5 Time Efficiency TOEFL Prep I 1. arbitrary 2. rate 3. infinitesimal 4. adjust 5. denominator TOEFL Prep II 1. e 2. c 3. a 4. d 5. b TOEFL Success 1. d 2. c
28 Science 4. feasibly adv. Practically; in a way that can work Scientists can’t feasibly bring energy from deep ocean currents to where it is needed—on land. Parts of speech feasibility n, feasible adj 5. gut v. To empty or hollow out In order to remodel the house, we must first gut it and throw away all the old fixtures. Usage tips Gut also means “the stomach of an animal”; this verb makes an image, that the inside of a building is like the inside of an animal. Parts of speech gut n, gutted adj 6. integrally adv. In a whole or complete manner Writing and spelling are taught integrally as part of the reading program. Parts of speech integrate v, integrity n, integral n, integral adj 7. overlap v. To lie over part of something; to have elements in common One of the two assistants will likely get fired, since most of their du- ties in the office overlap. Parts of speech overlap n 8. retain v. To keep or hold The rain fell so heavily that the banks of the river could not retain all the water. Parts of speech retainer n, retention n 9. seep v. To pass slowly for a long time, as a liquid or gas might As the containers rusted, the toxic waste seeped into the ground. Usage tips Seep is often followed by into or through.
Ancient Life 29 10. structure n. Something constructed, such as a building Most companies have a social structure that can’t be understood by outsiders. Parts of speech structure v, structural adj, structurally adv TOEFL Prep I Complete each sentence by filling in the blank with the best word from the list. Change the form of the word if necessary. Use each word only once. accuracy adjacent feasibly integrally structure 1. She had no idea how they could __________ take a big vacation and remodel their house in the same year. 2. Daily meditation is used __________ with medication and massage as part of the recovery plan. 3. The rival politicians were raised in __________ counties. 4. If you build a __________ next to this river, you must be sure it is safe against floods. 5. Once he ran for public office, he understood the importance of check- ing public statements for __________. TOEFL Prep II Find the word or phrase that is closest in mean- ing to the opposite of each word in the left-hand column. Write the letter in the blank. 1. seep (a) fill 2. gut (b) separate 3. retain (c) stay contained 4. compress (d) loosen 5. overlap (e) throw away TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow.
30 Science Organic products from ancient life are an integral part of the Earth’s resources, offering scientists a more accurate picture of ancient life-forms. One key to ancient life comes in the form of petrified matter. Petrifaction is a process that slowly turns the remains of a living object into stone. In this process, minerals seep into a mass of organic matter. After the organic matter has been replaced, a mineral version of the living object is left. Petrifaction often occurs in trees that are found adjacent to rivers, floodable areas, and volcanoes, which provide the mud or ash that initially covers the organic matter. Some pieces of petrified wood retain the original Bonus Structure— cellular structure of the wood and the grain can be easily In this context, seen. Today, it is feasible to petrify wood in a simple today means “at laboratory process. present; at this time Fossils are another way that ancient life is preserved. in history.” Most fossils include an animal’s hard parts, such as teeth and bones. One type of fossil, called a trace fossil, may also include eggs, tooth marks, contents of the guts, and fossil excrement. Some products from ancient life offer us more than scientific knowledge. One such product is coal, a solid fuel of plant origin. It develops over millions of years, during which swamp vegetation is submerged in water, depleted of oxygen, and covered by layers and layers of sand and mud. These overlapping layers settle with the Earth’s movements and are compressed over time. 1. Which sentence best expresses the essential information of this passage? a. Preserved life-forms, including petrified matter and fossils, teach us about ancient life. b. The primary function for preserved life-forms is scientific discovery. c. Scientists try to replicate natural processes that preserve ancient life-forms. d. Ancient organic matter provides the most concentrated forms of en- ergy known to humans. 2. In the passage, the words submerged in are closest in meaning to a. made wet b. completely covered c. adjacent to d. depleted of
Ancient Life 31 Lesson 6 Ancient Life TOEFL Prep I 1. feasibly 2. integrally 3. adjacent 4. structure 5. accuracy TOEFL Prep II 1. c 2. a 3. e 4. d 5. b TOEFL Success 1. a 2. b
Computers 33 3. derive v. To come from, usually through a long, slow process The Cyrillic alphabet was derived from the Greek alphabet. Usage tips Derive is often followed by from. Parts of speech derivation n, derivative adj 4. detection n. Discovering something that cannot easily be found With new medical technology, the detection of cancer is much easier nowadays. Usage tips Detection is often followed by an of phrase. Parts of speech detect v, detectable adj 5. expeditiously adv. Quickly and efficiently Using carrier pigeons, the military commanders exchanged mes- sages expeditiously. Parts of speech expedite v, expedition n, expeditious adj 6. implement v. To make use of; to carry out Not until after the new software was installed could we implement the new filing system. Parts of speech implement n, implementation n 7. innovative adj. Ahead of the times; novel The innovative use of props and lighting drew many favorable comments. Parts of speech innovation n 8. installation n. Setting something into position for use Installation of the new software takes only four minutes. Parts of speech install v 9. maintenance n. The act of keeping something in good condition The only problem with living in such a big house is that it requires a lot of maintenance. Parts of speech maintain v
34 Science 10. simulation n. An imitation or representation To test car safety, automobile makers study crash simulations. Parts of speech simulate v, simulator n TOEFL Prep I Circle the most likely meaning of the word part that is shared within each set of words. 1. circulate, circumnavigate, circuit The root circ / circum probably means a. around b. broken c. fair d. straight 2. innovative, novel, renovate The root nov probably means a. clear b. old c. new d. sweet 3. installation, implement, imprison The prefix in-/im- probably means a. aside b. behind c. in d. out TOEFL Prep II Circle the word that best completes each sentence. 1. Please make sure this information (circulates / derives) throughout the office quickly. 2. The (installation / simulation) of the new telephones took three days. 3. In order to stay on schedule, we need to complete this project as (expeditiously / innovatively) as possible.
Computers 35 4. The smuggler moved cautiously through the airport to avoid (detection / maintenance). 5. Years of neglect had caused the building’s water pipes to (corrode / implement). TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. As dependence on computers increases, so does the need for technical support. From installation of software to detection of viruses, computers require constant vigilance. Most larger companies find it most expeditious to maintain in-house computer staff. Many smaller companies, however, can’t fund their own full-time, in-house technical help. Instead, many of them assign the task of computer maintenance to a current employee who may not have any formal training. Rather, these “computer buffs” have derived their skills through practice and self-training. These self- appointed tech specialists, however, often cannot solve bigger problems. What’s more, they may see their office relations corrode when they are swamped with basic user questions that they simply don’t have time to address. For these reasons, many small companies choose to employ a freelance technical assistant who circulates among clients on an as-needed basis. With their professional training, these consultants may propose innovative solutions to users’ unique needs, which could vary from tracking inventory to simulating mechanized processes. They can implement new programs, train personnel, and escape the workplace before being asked,“How can I cut this file and paste it somewhere else?” 1. Which sentence best expresses the essential information of this passage? a. Larger companies are better off using freelance technical consultants. b. Computer maintenance and troubleshooting cuts into employee productivity. c. Self-trained technical support personnel are often as effective as trained professionals. d. Smaller companies may benefit from hiring occasional technical support.
36 Science 2. The article implies that the question How do I cut and paste a file? is a. too basic to require professional attention b. a good question to give to in-house tech support c. appropriate for a freelancer to address d. a good topic for a training program Lesson 7 Computers TOEFL Prep I 1. a 2. c 3. c TOEFL Prep II 1. circulate 2. installation 3. expeditiously 4. detection 5. corrode TOEFL Success 1. d 2. a
38 Science The worst part about being a doctor was when she had to convey bad news to a family. Parts of speech conveyance n, conveyor n 4. discretely adv. Separately; distinctly In order to understand how the engine worked, each component needed to be studied discretely. Parts of speech discrete adj 5. nucleus n. A central or essential part around which other parts are gathered; a core The nucleus of many European cities is the town square. Usage tips Nucleus is often followed by of. Parts of speech nuclear adj 6. permeate v. To spread or flow throughout; to pass through or penetrate The smell of cooking permeated the entire apartment building. Parts of speech permeation n 7. rotate v. To turn around; to take turns in sequence The planet rotates on its axis once every 14 Earth days. The children rotate classroom responsibilities on a weekly basis. Parts of speech rotation n 8. solar adj. Of, or relating to, the sun The ancient society kept time with a solar calendar. 9. source n. The point of origin or creation The reporter was unable to identify the source of the information for his story. Parts of speech source v
Energy 39 10. trigger v. To set off or initiate I was certain any mention of politics would trigger a big argument. Parts of speech trigger n TOEFL Prep I Complete each sentence by filling in the blank with the best word from the list. Change the form of the word if necessary. Use each word only once. combustion convey permeate source trigger 1. It is often difficult to __________ the meaning of a poem to a large audience. 2. The __________ of the gossip was someone inside this office. 3. Her bad mood that day __________ the atmosphere in the laboratory. 4. The internal __________ engine revolutionized the way automobiles run. 5. A cigarette __________ the explosion. TOEFL Prep II Find the word or phrase that is closest in mean- ing to each word in the left-hand column. Write the letter in the blank. 1. rotate (a) separately, as an individual part 2. solar (b) spin on an axis 3. component (c) sun 4. discretely (d) center 5. nucleus (e) part TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. Most of the electricity in the United States is produced in steam turbines. There are many discrete steps in this process. In a steam turbine,
40 Science combustion of coal, petroleum, or natural gas heats water to make steam. The steam rotates a shaft that is connected to a generator that produces electricity. Finally, that electricity is converted by a transformer and conveyed from the turbine to its place of use. Many sources can provide energy to heat the water in a steam turbine. Coal is primary, producing 51 percent of the country’s electricity. Another common way to heat water for steam turbines is through nuclear power. In nuclear fission, atoms of uranium fuel are hit by neutrons, triggering a continuous chain of fission that releases heat. In 2001, nuclear power generated 21 percent of the electricity in the United States. Solar power produces less than 1 percent of the United States’ electricity needs, because it is not Bonus Structure— regularly available and harnessing it is more expensive than In this context, still using fossil fuels. Dependence on electricity permeates daily means “even so; life in the United States. Still, few people are aware of the despite this.” many components of electricity production. 1. What does the author say about solar power? a. It produces more electricity than any other source. b. It is a relatively small source of energy for heating water in steam turbines. c. Electricity producers are trying to use it more regularly. d. Researchers are trying to make it cheaper to use. 2. In the passage, the word transformer probably refers to a a. truck b. generator that produces electricity c. type of turbine d. device that changes electric currents Lesson 8 Energy TOEFL Prep I 1. convey 2. source 3. permeated 4. combustion 5. triggered TOEFL Prep II 1. b 2. c 3. e 4. a 5. d TOEFL Success 1. b 2. d
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44 Mind and Body 4. degrade v. To reduce in value or strength The roads in cold or wet areas of the United States degrade faster than those in warm, sunny regions. Parts of speech degradation n, degradable adj 5. gap n. Opening; a big difference in amount or quality The small gap between the walls in the old house caused cold drafts to come in. 6. indisputable adj. Beyond doubt; unquestionable The members of the jury found her guilty because they found the facts of the case indisputable. Parts of speech indisputably adv 7. intervene v. To come between A good mediator intervenes only as much as necessary to settle a dispute between other parties. Parts of speech intervention n 8. intuitively adv. By means of a natural sense about things that are hard to observe Many mothers know intuitively when something is wrong with their children. Parts of speech intuition n, intuitive adj 9. recede v. To move back or away from After the age of 30, his hairline began to recede further back from his forehead. Parts of speech recession n, recessive adj 10. retrieve v. To bring or get back Most dogs can be trained to retrieve objects that their owners have thrown. Parts of speech retriever n, retrievable adj
Memory 45 TOEFL Prep I Find the word or phrase that is closest in meaning to the opposite of each word in the left-hand column. Write the let- ter in the blank. 1. degrade (a) stay out of a dispute 2. anomaly (b) improve 3. recede (c) questionable 4. intervene (d) the norm 5. indisputable (e) come forward TOEFL Prep II Circle the word that best completes each sentence. 1. A huge (anomaly / gap) between the wealthy and the working class often leads to social unrest. 2. The new computers enable us to (intervene / retrieve) information more quickly. 3. Although she wasn’t qualified for the job, she (indisputably / intuitively) felt that she should apply. 4. When he joined the military, he did not expect the officers to (degrade / recede) him. 5. The art in the foyer was an important (acquisition / consciousness) for the museum. TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the question that follows. Like other functions of the human mind, perception and memory are imperfect. When we tell a story about something that we witnessed, we may intuitively believe that our recollection is accurate. However, several factors bias our memories of events.To study this anomaly, let us look at the three steps of memory creation: acquisition of memory, storing of memory, and retrieval. At every stage of memory formation, distortion can occur. At the first stage, acquisition of memory, events are perceived and bits of information are prepared for storage in the brain. However, it is impossible for us to remember every single thing we observe. Through processes that are both conscious and unconscious, people determine which details they will focus on.
46 Mind and Body In its second stage, storage, memories can become further distorted. Over time, our memories degrade, as we forget portions of events. To compensate, we may even creatively fill in the gap created by the recession of long-term memory. Additionally, an individual’s memory can be altered during the storage stage by intervening occurrences, which can be subconsciously combined with previously stored Bonus Structure— memories. Last but not least, we search our memory to locate In sum means “to summarize; to give information. During recall, emotion also seems to play a part a short version of in memory distortion. In sum, our memories may not be the what has been indisputable source of information that we would like them stated.” to be. An introductory sentence for a brief summary of the passage is provided below. Complete the summary by selecting the three answer choices that express the most important ideas in the passage. In each blank, write the letter of one of your choices. Memory provides an imperfect record of events. • • • a. People purposefully present a slanted version of events. b. Memories can be altered at any point in memory creation. c. People naturally cannot recall everything they observe. d. Memories are an indisputable source of fact. e. Time and emotion contribute to memory degradation. f. Past occurrences often displace current memories. Lesson 9 Memory TOEFL Prep I 1. b 2. d 3. e 4. a 5. c TOEFL Prep II 1. gap 2. retrieve 3. intuitively 4. degrade 5. acquisition TOEFL Success b, c, e
48 Mind and Body 4. be inclined to v. To favor an opinion or a course of action He couldn’t say which candidate he favored, but he had always been inclined to vote Republican. Parts of speech incline n, inclination n 5. contemplate v. To consider thoughtfully If you contemplate each step for so long, we will never complete this project on time. Parts of speech contemplation n, contemplative adj 6. deify v. To worship as a god When people deify the leader of their country, the leader is able to abuse power more easily. Parts of speech deity n 7. ecclesiastical adj. Relating to a church He was looking specifically for a university where he could study ecclesiastical history. Parts of speech ecclesiastic n, ecclesiastically adv 8. exalt v. To praise or honor He would often exalt the virtues of his new wife. Parts of speech exaltation n 9. pious adj. Having or exhibiting religious reverence Sometimes she was so pious that the rest of us felt like heathens. Parts of speech piousness n, piety n, piously adv 10. sacrifice v. Anything offered to a deity as a religious thanksgiving; giving up something in order to have something more valuable later on Every harvest time, the Fadeloni people sacrificed vegetables to their gods as a show of thanks.
Spirituality 49 In order to succeed in his career, he had to sacrifice his private life and his leisure time. Parts of speech sacrifice n, sacrificial adj, sacrificially adv TOEFL Prep I Complete each sentence by filling in the blank with the best word or phrase from the list. Change the form of the word if necessary. Use each word or phrase only once. be inclined to contemplate deify exalted sacrifice 1. Traditionally, the Camerian society __________ its leaders, consider- ing them to be sent from the land of the gods. 2. To do well in his university courses, he had to __________ a lot of his personal time. 3. The generation of American leaders known as “the Founders” are __________ by many scholars for their wisdom and courage. 4. She knew she would always __________ agree with what her mother said, so she struggled to remain unbiased. 5. The human resources department __________ whether they should let Mary go. TOEFL Prep II Circle the likely meaning of the word part that is shared within each set of words. 1. animism, animal, animation The root anima probably means a. color b. death c. many d. life
50 Mind and Body 2. atheistic, amoral, apathetic The prefix a probably means a. not b. loving c. excessive d. surely TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. In Russia, several religions coexist, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and animism. The most common religion is Christianity, and most Christians are members of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Church has existed for over 1,000 years, surviving even the official atheism of the Soviet era and the agnosticism that may have been even more prominent at the time. During the communist years, many Russians who practiced Orthodoxy sacrificed career and educational opportunities.The tenacity of Russian Orthodoxy may explain why even nonreligious Russians are inclined to call themselves Russian Orthodox. That same staying power drives the Church today, which is run by Aleksey II of Moscow. Born Aleksey Mikhailovich Ridiger, the future patriarch was from a very pious family. As a boy, Aleksey was often taken by his parents on their annual pilgrimages, when he most certainly began contemplation of Bonus Structure— the religious way of life he was to choose. As patriarch, Aleksey Here As patriarch is exalted in the Church governance, but he is not deified. means “while working in the Aleksey has published articles on Church history and position of church peacemaking in both the ecclesiastical and secular press, leader.” broadening the Church’s image both in Russia and abroad. 1. Which sentence best expresses the essential information of this passage? a. The Russian Orthodox Church was banned under Soviet control. b. Few Russians believe in a god. c. Aleksey II has updated the church’s image. d. The Russian Orthodox Church has a long history of strong mem- bership in Russia.
Spirituality 51 2. According to the passage, Aleksey II of Moscow is a. a god b. a high church official c. a secular leader d. an atheist Lesson 10 Spirituality TOEFL Prep I 1. deifies 2. sacrifice 3. exalted 4. be inclined to 5. contemplated TOEFL Prep II 1. d 2. a TOEFL Success 1. d 2. b
Illness 53 5. forensics n. The use of science and technology to investigate facts in criminal cases Advances in the study of forensics have made it much easier to identify criminals from very small traces of evidence. Parts of speech forensic adj 6. persist v. To continue to exist; to hold to a purpose, despite any obstacle If your symptoms persist, you should go see a doctor. Lola persisted in her efforts to become a lawyer. Parts of speech persistence n, persistent adj 7. prognosis n. An educated guess of how something will develop, es- pecially a disease The room fell silent when the doctor gave Senator Grebe a grim prognosis of months of treatment. 8. terminal adj. Located at an end; approaching death The cancer ward at the hospital held both terminal and recovering patients. Parts of speech terminate v, terminally adv 9. vein n. Any of the tubes that form a branching system, especially those that carry blood to the heart She became fascinated with human anatomy, especially when she learned how veins transport oxygen. 10. wound v. To inflict an injury on Sometimes he didn’t realize his sharp humor could wound as well as entertain. Parts of speech wound n TOEFL Prep I Choose the word from the list that is closest in mean- ing to the underlined part of each sentence. Write it in the blank. disease fatal persist prognosis wound
54 Mind and Body 1. He sustained a serious injury in the war, so he was sent home immediately. 2. Her sickness was so rare, doctors weren’t certain how to treat it. 3. His motto was to keep trying, no matter what hap- pened. 4. The medical staff could not know for sure whether the treatment would work, but they made a confident prediction that the patient would recover. 5. The airplane crash was tragic, killing many people im- mediately and inflicting injuries on others that would eventually prove deadly. TOEFL Prep II Next to each definition, write the word that most closely fits it. aggravate decrepit forensics terminal vein 1. the science involved in solving crimes 2. a vessel for carrying blood 3. to make worse 4. unable to be cured 5. in very bad condition TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. The man was decrepit.With high blood pressure, cancer, and liver disease, he aggravated his situation by smoking. His prognosis was death. His advanced lung cancer was terminal, and his family members knew that he would pass away soon. So no one was surprised to find him dead on that sharp winter Thursday, no one, that is, except one sharp-eyed detective,
Illness 55 who noticed the bedroom window ajar on the morning of the old man’s death.Would a fatally ill person be likely to sleep with the window open on a freezing cold night? This question occupied forensic specialists from the medical exam- iner’s office.There, an autopsy revealed an unlikely wound on the victim’s thigh. Such a wound could easily have been inflicted by someone administering medicine . . . or poison. From there, the poison could travel through the veins, shutting down vital organs and causing death within seconds. Indeed, the death turned out to be murder in the first Bonus Structure— degree. Criminal investigators persisted in their questioning Indeed indicates of friends and family, only later finding the motive: money. that an idea in an earlier paragraph Two distant relatives who stood to inherit large sums from was actually true. the old man’s estate plotted the death, believing that the old man’s death would not be questioned. 1. Why does the author mention a wound ? a. The wound caused the death. b. It was evidence of a struggle. c. It was suspicious. d. It was predictable, considering the man’s disease. 2. In the passage, the word inherit is closest in meaning to a. lose b. gain c. earn d. want Lesson 11 Illness TOEFL Prep I 1. wound 2. disease 3. persist 4. prognosis 5. fatal TOEFL Prep II 1. forensics 2. vein 3. aggravate 4. terminal 5. decrepit TOEFL Success 1. c 2. b
Surgery 57 3. certifiably adv. In a manner that is officially recognized He couldn’t be institutionalized until he was declared certifiably insane. Parts of speech certify v, certification n, certificate n, certifiable adj 4. complication n. A factor that makes something more difficult or complex The surgeons could not easily stop the bleeding because of complications related to the patient’s diabetes. Parts of speech complicate v 5. cure v. To restore to health They say laughter can help cure many illnesses. Parts of speech cure n 6. implant v. To set in firmly; to insert in the body surgically The actress had cheek implants to make her face look fuller. Parts of speech implantation n 7. inject v. To insert a liquid by means of a syringe The doctor used a needle to inject the medicine slowly into her arm. Parts of speech injection n 8. obese adj. Excessively overweight More Americans are obese now because U.S. culture encourages overeating and discourages exercise. Parts of speech obesity n 9. procedure n. A specific way of performing or doing something The flight attendant explained the emergency evacuation procedure. Parts of speech proceed v, procedural adj
58 Mind and Body 10. scar n. A mark on the skin left after a wound has healed; a lasting sign of damage, either mental or physical The surgery was successful, but it left a large scar across her abdomen. Parts of speech scar v TOEFL Prep I For each word, choose the word or phrase that has the most similar meaning.Write the letter of your choice on the line. 1. scar (a) bandage (b) mark (c) shine (d) cover 2. augment (a) take away (b) discuss (c) use (d) add to 3. complication (a) added difficulty (b) improved performance (c) method of training (d) prediction about results 4. obese (a) attractive (b) healthy (c) very overweight (d) high 5. cure (a) heal (b) study (c) diagnose (d) tie up TOEFL Prep II Circle the word that best completes each sentence. 1. The (procedure / scar) to prepare for the surgery took four hours. 2. Only seriously (certifiable / obese) people should get their stomachs surgically reduced. 3. He almost died during the operation because the doctors did not give him the right kind of (anesthesia / complication). 4. Doctors are now able to (cure / implant) many types of sickness that were usually fatal in the past. 5. Before (augmenting / injecting) a painkiller, the dentist rubbed cloves on the woman’s gums to numb them.
Surgery 59 TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. Since 1992, the number of cosmetic surgery procedures has risen 175 percent in the United States.Two of the most popular are liposuction and breast augmentation. In liposuction, the doctor inserts a small tube into the skin that sucks fat from the body. And while it may sound easy, it isn’t. Liposuction is so painful that people are often Bonus Structure— given anesthesia. What’s more, liposuction is not really a What’s more cure for obesity. Rather, it should be used when diet and means “in addition; even more exercise do not reduce fat in certain “trouble spots.” importantly.” Another common cosmetic procedure is breast aug- mentation. In this procedure, an implant is inserted through the armpit, making the breasts appear larger. Breast augmentation usually leaves only a small scar. Some common complications include the effects of anesthesia, infection, swelling, redness, bleeding, and pain. To reduce these risks, consumers are advised to be sure that their surgeon is board-certified. 1. Which sentence best expresses the essential information of this passage? a. Cosmetic surgery is dangerous. b. Many people do not have cosmetic surgery because of the pain. c. Cosmetic surgery is increasing in popularity in the United States. d. Breast reduction is almost as popular as breast augmentation. 2. In the underlined sentence, trouble spots refers to a. places where people are commonly overweight b. methods of exercise that aren’t effective c. parts of the body where liposuction doesn’t work d. specific areas on the body where fat is hard to minimize Lesson 12 Surgery TOEFL Prep I 1. b 2. d 3. a 4. c 5. a TOEFL Prep II 1. procedure 2. obese 3. anesthesia 4. cure 5. injecting TOEFL Success 1. c 2. d
Ghosts 61 Some say the ghost of Princess Hilda haunts this castle, appearing as a headless form while she plays the piano. The pictures of children dying in war have haunted me for a long time. 4. horror n. Strong fear mixed with disgust On Halloween night, all the horror movies were rented out. Parts of speech horrify v, horrific adj 5. intermediary n. Acting as an agent between people or things The plaintiff’s lawyer suggested that they hire an intermediary to help them discuss their case. Usage tips Intermediary comes from the Latin words meaning “between the ways.” 6. invoke v. To call on for support In many religions, believers invoke their god by holding out their hands. Parts of speech invocation n 7. meditate v. To reflect; to think quietly and deeply for a long time Every morning, the monks meditated for three hours in complete silence. Parts of speech meditation n 8. phantom n. A dimly visible form, usually thought to be the spirit of a dead person, a sunken ship, etc. Many visitors reported seeing a phantom who appeared around the lake. Usage tips Phantom originates in a word meaning “dream”; like a dream, a phantom leaves an observer wondering whether it’s real or not.
62 Mind and Body 9. psychic adj. Relating to the supposed ability of the human mind to sense things that cannot be observed The governor’s assistant claimed to have unique psychic abilities enabling him to read people’s minds. Parts of speech psychic n, psychically adv 10. self-perpetuating adj. Having the power to renew oneself for an in- definite period of time It is difficult to escape from a lie, as they are often self-perpetuating. Parts of speech self-perpetuation n TOEFL Prep I For each word, choose the word or phrase that has the most similar meaning.Write the letter of your choice on the line. 1. divination (a) demand (b) prediction (c) problem (d) route 2. haunt (a) dry out (b) fail to show up (c) continue to disturb (d) search desperately 3. meditate (a) clarify (b) expose (c) purge (d) think 4. invoke (a) call (b) cry (c) inspire (d) reject 5. psychic (a) empty (b) mental (c) powerful (d) vague TOEFL Prep II Circle the word that best completes each sentence. 1. The leaders of the religious group are said to have (astrological / psychic) powers that allow them to move objects just by the power of their thoughts.
Ghosts 63 2. For years after the earthquake, she was disturbed by the (haunting / self-perpetuating) memories of destruction. 3. The boys told their new friend that they had seen (intermediaries / phantoms) in the cemetery at night. 4. During the scuffle, the citizens were prepared to (invoke / meditate) the right of citizen’s arrest because no police officers were present. 5. Her (divination / horror) of the results of their meeting impressed even the nonbelievers. TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. Some say that sailors are a superstitious group. Long nights of watching stars predispose them to a belief in astrology. Long periods of isolation lead them to believe in psychic phenomena that others would laugh at. This may explain sailors’ frequent reports of seeing phantom ships. From the Gulf of Mexico, across the Atlantic, and to the South China Sea, sailors often claim that such vessels haunt the seas. One of the most famous stories of ghost ships is the Flying Dutchman, which sailed in 1680 from Amsterdam to Dutch East India under Hendrick Vanderdecken.When the captain ignored the danger warnings of a storm, his ship was smashed and the crew was lost. According to legend, his arrogance invoked the wrath of God, who condemned the lost crew- members to battle the waters off the Cape of Good Hope for eternity. Since then, there have been repeated sightings of the Flying Dutchman, one as recent as 1939. Many sightings of phantom ships occur in areas where vessels are known to have sunk. Sailors can never divine when or where they will next encounter a phantom ship. Rather, most of their sightings occur randomly, only later to bring forth information of a former sea horror. Some say that ghosts aboard a phantom ship are trying to use living sailors as their intermediaries. Still others think that the existence of phantom ships is merely a self-perpetuating myth for bored sailors who are prone to too much idle meditation about the meaning of life and death on the high seas.
64 Mind and Body 1. How would the author explain phantom ships? a. Their appearance is tied to the stars. b. Sailors at sea have little to do. c. Fog and high waves can distort one’s vision. d. Shipwreck remains haunt oceans around the world. 2. Why does the author mention the Flying Dutchman? a. as the basis of primitive navigation systems b. as an example of a commonly sighted phantom ship c. as the reason why many sailors have mental problems d. as an explanation for sightings of phantom ships Lesson 13 Ghosts TOEFL Prep I 1. b 2. c 3. d 4. a 5. b TOEFL Prep II 1. psychic 2. haunting 3. phantoms 4. invoke 5. divination TOEFL Success 1. b 2. b
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68 Society Usage tips The object of domesticate is usually a plant or animal. Parts of speech domestic adj 4. folklore n. Traditional myths of a people transmitted orally Through folklore, archaeologists have learned about the migration of Native Americans in North America. Parts of speech folkloric adj 5. fossilize v. To become preserved in clay or stone or ash after death, so that a natural record is left of the original organism; to become rigid and stuck in old ways The dinosaur eggs had fossilized over thousands of years. Parts of speech fossilization n, fossil n 6. relic n. Something left from a long-ago culture, time period, or person Relics of the war can still be found in the sand dunes along this shore. 7. rite n. A ceremony meant to achieve a certain purpose Many cultures have fertility rites that supposedly make it more likely for women to bear children. 8. ritually adv. As part of a traditional ceremony or habit The children ritually kissed their parents on the cheek before bed. Parts of speech ritual n, ritual adj 9. saga n. A long story about important events long ago Many American families tell sagas about their ancestors’ arrival in the United States. 10. vestige n. A visible trace that something once existed The wilted flowers were the only vestige of their romantic weekend.
Anthropology 69 TOEFL Prep I Choose the word from the list that is closest in mean- ing to the underlined part of each sentence. Write it in the blank. assimilate cremation domesticate folklore ritual 1. In many cultures around the world, young boys are cir- cumcised in a traditional ceremony. 2. It is difficult to tame a bird that was born in the wild. 3. Based on the oral legends about the fire, researchers es- timate that about half of the townspeople died in the blaze. 4. After the burning of the body, the remaining bits of bone are transferred to a large urn. 5. Her husband could never fit into her family’s way of life. TOEFL Prep II Write the best word next to each definition. Use each word only once. fossilize relic rite saga vestige 1. to harden after death 2. a customary act 3. a memento 4. something remaining from the past 5. a long story TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. The aborigines of Australia may have been some of the first people on the planet. Recent discoveries of relics, including stone tools, show that
70 Society humans lived near Penrith, New South Wales, about 47,000 years ago. Australian aborigines migrated from northern lands by sea, when the water passages were narrower than they are today. This is the first evidence of sea travel by prehistoric humans.The saga of this Bonus Structure— water passing survives in modern-day aboriginal folklore. To To put this in put this in perspective, remember that 50,000 years ago, perspective humans were nomadic. Early aborigines did not cultivate means “to give some background crops, and in Australia at the time there were no animals that information.” could be domesticated. No one knows how long it took aboriginal people to reach Australia, but archaeologists are searching through ancient campsites for vestiges of their early lifestyle. Fossilized remains indicate that these nomadic people not only gathered food from the land, but they also subsisted on meat from large animals that no longer exist today. As part of their hunting tradition, aborigines ritually covered themselves in mud to mask their own scent or for camouflage. Aboriginal society marked the major events of life with rites such as circumcision, marriage, and cremation. Older people were revered and cared for as great sources of wisdom. When Westerners arrived in Australia in 1788, the 300,000 aborigines who lived there were not eager to assimilate their ways. In the following years, disease, loss of land, and loss of identity shaped the aborigines’ history perhaps as much as their first prehistoric crossing from the north. 1. Which sentence best expresses the essential information in this passage? a. Australian aborigines were some of the Earth’s first people. b. White explorers did not respect aboriginal culture. c. Australian aborigines probably migrated from Africa. d. The organization and functioning of aboriginal society is mostly unknown. 2. In this passage, the word ritually is closest in meaning to a. regularly b. ignorantly c. superstitiously d. dramatically
Anthropology 71 Lesson 14 Anthropology TOEFL Prep I 1. ritual 2. domesticate 3. folklore 4. cremation 5. assimilate TOEFL Prep II 1. fossilize 2. rite 3. relic 4. vestige 5. saga TOEFL Success 1. a 2. a
Social Inequality 73 4. counter v. To act in opposition to; to offer in response The hockey player countered the punch with a smashing blow from his hockey stick. Jane countered every accusation with a specific example of her achievements. Parts of speech counter n, counter adj 5. de facto adj. Truly doing a job, even if not officially Popular support established the Citizens Party as the de facto government. Parts of speech de facto adv 6. discriminate To choose carefully among options The governor wisely discriminated between urgent issues and those that could wait. Parts of speech discriminatory adj, discriminate adj 7. notion n. A belief; a fanciful impulse The notion that older office equipment is unreliable is inaccurate. One morning, she suddenly took the notion to paint her kitchen red. Usage tips Notion can be followed by a that clause or a to phrase. 8. oppress v. To keep down by force; to weigh heavily on Factory management oppressed workers through intimidation. Parts of speech oppression n 9. paradigm n. A pattern or model; a set of assumptions The usual paradigm for economic growth in developed countries does not apply to some poor nations. Usage tips Paradigm is often followed by for.
74 Society 10. prejudiced adj. Causing to judge prematurely and unfairly Many consumers are prejudiced against commercial goods made in third-world countries. Parts of speech prejudice v, prejudice n TOEFL Prep I Complete each sentence by filling in the blank with the best word from the list. Change the form of the word if necessary. Use each word only once. biased counter de facto notion paradigm 1. During the trial, the defense lawyer __________ each claim with an opposite charge. 2. The basketball coach was naturally __________ toward the taller players. 3. After we saw the fancy car that the Jacobses bought, we gave up the __________ that they could not afford the basic things in life. 4. The battle was successful, as judged by the prevailing __________ of that era. 5. Even though Jovie was a cleaner, not a nanny, she was the baby’s __________ caregiver because his parents worked so many hours. TOEFL Prep II Find the word or phrase that is closest in mean- ing to the opposite of each word in the left-hand column. Write the letter in the blank. 1. amend (a) relieve 2. burden (b) allow to operate freely 3. oppress (c) leave as is 4. indiscriminately (d) unbiased 5. prejudiced (e) by making careful choices
Social Inequality 75 TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. Nelson Mandela devoted his life to fighting prejudice in South Africa. Mandela traveled his state, organizing a fight against discriminatory laws and racial bias. He encouraged civil disobedience as a tool against the oppression of Blacks. As deputy president of the African National Congress, Mandela encouraged his fellow citizens to challenge the prevailing paradigm of power. Mandela believed that prejudice burdened not only the oppressed, but also the oppressors. The government countered Mandela’s activities with a criminal conviction. Still, Mandela’s de facto leadership gained him respect and authority among his fellow citizens. Mandela’s courage and popularity worried the ruling class, who did not want Bonus Structure— to share power. What’s more, they refused to amend the The ruling class state’s laws. So when Mandela returned from an overseas means those who held power mostly trip to gain support for his cause in 1962, he was arrested, because of the jailed, and sentenced to life in prison for various crimes. families they were This only fueled Mandela’s notions about inequality born into. and justice. He took his demands to jail, where he demanded the same dress and safety gear for Black prisoners as for White prisoners. After 28 years in prison, Mandela was released, returning immediately to public life. In 1994, he was elected the president of South Africa. 1. Which of the following best expresses the essential information of this passage? a. Nelson Mandela used illegal means to achieve his ends. b. Nelson Mandela fought prejudice in South Africa. c. Nelson Mandela inspired Blacks around the world. d. Nelson Mandela was driven primarily by his religious beliefs. 2. In the passage, the word amend is closest in meaning to a. ignore b. write down c. change d. discuss
76 Society Lesson 15 Social Inequality TOEFL Prep I 1. countered 2. biased 3. notion 4. paradigm 5. de facto TOEFL Prep II 1. c 2. a 3. b 4. e 5. d TOEFL Success 1. b 2. c
78 Society 5. implicitly adv. Without being stated; unquestioningly By joining the competition, she agreed implicitly to the rules. Parts of speech implicit adj 6. parochial adj. Restricted in outlook; relating to the local parish Marla moved from her rural community to get away from its parochial thinking. Sending your children to a parochial school can cost as much as sending them to college. 7. rigor n. Strictness; difficult situations that come from following rules strictly The wrestler followed his diet with rigor. The rigors of military life toughened the young men quickly. Parts of speech rigorous adj 8. roster n. A list, especially of names Two of the names on the roster were misspelled. 9. secular adj. Worldly rather than spiritual; not related to religion Few private schools in the United States are secular. 10. suspend v. To cause to stop for a period; to hang as to allow free movement The trial was suspended when the judge learned that one of the jury members knew the defense lawyer. The circus acrobat was suspended in midair. Parts of speech suspension n, suspension adj TOEFL Prep I For each word, choose the word that has the most similar meaning. Write the letter of your choice on the line. 1. distinctly (a) clearly (b) fully (c) softly (d) aggressively
Expertise 79 2. erudite (a) strong (b) wise (c) complicated (d) plain 3. fortify (a) weaken (b) contemplate (c) strengthen (d) reshape 4. rigor (a) strictness (b) talent (c) peace (d) recklessness 5. suspend (a) tie (b) fill (c) hang (d) throw TOEFL Prep II Choose the word from the list that is closest in meaning to the underlined part of each sentence.Write it in the blank. curriculum implicitly parochial roster secular 1. The class list showed that only 12 students had enrolled for spring quarter. 2. Many parents feel that public schools are as good as private, religious schools. 3. The principal requested parents’ feedback on the new set of math classes. 4. In the United States, many private grade schools are not affiliated with a religion. 5. The janitor agreed indirectly not to turn in the students. TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. In the last three decades, universities across the United States have attempted to adapt their curriculums to meet the changing purposes of higher education. University education was also once considered an exclusive opportunity, with erudite scholars establishing courses based on the goal of training a distinctly academic “elite.” These days, not every
80 Society undergraduate is destined to become a scholar, and the roster of students represents a more complete cross section of society, including minorities, women, and returning students. These days, most learners attend university to fortify basic skills, primarily learning how to learn and how to express themselves. Far from its earlier religious or elitist image, the university is seen increasingly as a secular center for career development, where students know they will graduate into a competitive job market. Most professors have embraced this evolution in the university’s role, letting go of the traditional, parochial view of higher Bonus Structure— education. On the other hand, many feel that while they want On the other to accommodate an adaptable curriculum, universities must hand introduces an not suspend their obligation of establishing rigorous re- opposing point. quirements for education and graduation. Implicit in their stance is support for the traditional liberal arts curriculum with a core of classes required across disciplines. 1. According to information in the reading, which of the following sen- tences would the author be most likely to agree with? a. Universities are becoming increasingly exclusive. b. A curriculum needs to be completely adaptable to students’ needs. c. The role of higher education is changing, and so is the university curriculum. d. The cost of university puts it out of reach of many populations. 2. In this passage, the word elitist is closest in meaning to a. superior b. academic c. populist d. elegant Lesson 16 Expertise TOEFL Prep I 1. a 2. b 3. c 4. a 5. c TOEFL Prep II 1. roster 2. parochial 3. curriculum 4. secular 5. implicitly TOEFL Success 1. c 2. a
82 Society 4. cease v. Stop The lightning continued even after the thunder had ceased. Usage tips Cease is found in official statements, not usually in everyday speech. Parts of speech cessation n, ceaseless adj 5. hierarchy n. A system of levels that places people high or low accord- ing to their importance Starting as a lowly private, Burt Jones gradually rose through the hierarchy of the army. Usage tips Hierarchy is often followed by an of phrase. Parts of speech hierarchical adj, hierarchically adv 6. in the trenches adv’l. In the middle of the hardest fighting or work With their unrealistic view of this war, our generals don’t know what things are like out in the trenches. Usage tips Creates an image of soldiers fighting in a long, dug-out place in the battlefield. 7. mobilize v. To put members of a group into motion After a terrible storm, the governor mobilized the National Guard to rescue victims. Parts of speech mobilization n 8. rank v. To put into a many-leveled order, depending on importance or achievement The Marines ranked Jim Hurst highest among all their officer can- didates. Parts of speech rank n 9. ratio n. The relationship of one number or amount to another Military analysts say that the ratio of attackers to defenders in a battle should be about three to one for the attackers to win. Usage tips Ratio is very often followed by an of . . . to structure.
Military Operations 83 10. strategic adj. Related to long-term plans for achieving a goal The United States has formed strategic friendships with Tajikistan and Mongolia to have Central Asian bases in the future. Usage tips Strategic is often used with nouns for plans. Parts of speech strategy n, strategize v, strategically adv TOEFL Prep I Find the word or phrase that is closest in meaning to the opposite of each word or phrase in the left-hand column.Write the letter in the blank. 1. cease (a) stay still 2. artillery (b) not in the fighting 3. mobilize (c) continue 4. battle (d) make peace 5. in the trenches (e) light guns TOEFL Prep II Choose the word from the list that is closest in meaning to the underlined part of each sentence. Write it in the blank. allegiance hierarchy ranked ratio strategy 1. Destruction of the enemy’s radar defenses was rated very high in the plan of attack. 2. The president’s constant mistakes weakened the army’s loyalty to him. 3. Eventually, Gordon reached the highest level in the mil- itary’s system of positions, that of five-star general. 4. The planet Mercury is so small that the proportion of its volume to Earth’s is only about 1 to 20. 5. While other officers worried about day-to-day opera- tions, General Helvetski kept his eye on long-term plans.
84 Society TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. Until a century ago, military medicine was poor at battling disease. The ratio of soldiers killed by diseases to those killed in combat was probably at least two to one. For strategic reasons, military camps were Bonus Structure— often set up near a body of water.This gave some protection Until a century from enemy artillery, but it exposed soldiers to disease- ago indicates that the condition to carrying mosquitoes. Mosquitoes also plagued troops in the be described trenches. Low-ranking troops suffered the most. Officers who stopped about were advanced enough in the hierarchy slept in separate tents 100 years ago. on high ground. The long-held belief that disease resulted from evil spirits or bad air eventually ceased to rule military medicine. The germ theory mobilized actual science against disease. General George Washington ordered that his men be vaccinated against smallpox. Their allegiance to him can be measured by the fact that they obeyed, for Washington’s doctors used the actual smallpox virus, not the safer vaccination that Edward Jenner would introduce in 1798. 1. Which sentence best expresses the essential information of this passage? a. Army officers were far healthier than common foot soldiers. b. For a long time, a soldier was more likely to die of disease than in battle. c. Armies should camp on dry ground, not near water. d. Diseases are caused by viruses and spread by mosquitoes. 2. Why does the author mention that military camps were often set up near water? a. to explain why soldiers were not usually killed by artillery b. to show that officers and men did not mix c. to explain how soldiers came into contact with disease-carrying mosquitoes d. to show that water was valuable in treating “camp fever”
Military Operations 85 Lesson 17 Military Operations TOEFL Prep I 1. c 2. e 3. a 4. d 5. b TOEFL Prep II 1. ranked 2. allegiance 3. hierarchy 4. ratio 5. strategy TOEFL Success 1. b 2. c
War and Conquest 87 4. conquest n. A takeover by force or continued effort The first recorded conquest of Mt. Everest was by Tensing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hilary. Usage tips Conquest is usually followed by an of phrase. Parts of speech conquer v 5. devise v. To find an original way to make an object or a plan The soldiers devised a way to cross the river into enemy territory without being seen. Parts of speech device n 6. invasive adj. Aggressively entering into someone else’s territory Surgery with a laser is less invasive than surgery with a knife or scalpel. Parts of speech invade v, invasion n, invader n 7. prevailing adj. Strongest or most common The prevailing attitude among our neighbors is to be friendly but not too friendly. Parts of speech prevail v, prevalence n 8. resist v. To refuse to give in to a strong force or desire Although many native nations resisted, the U.S. government eventu- ally took over almost all Indian land. Parts of speech resistance n, resistant adj 9. severely adv. Harshly; extremely Commanders severely punished any soldier who criticized the battle plan. Parts of speech severity n, severe adj
88 Society 10. violation n. An action that breaks a law or agreement; mistreatment of something that deserves respect The army’s testing of new weapons was a violation of the cease-fire agreement. The sculptures at Mt. Rushmore may be a violation of sacred In- dian land. Usage tips Violation is often followed by an of phrase. Parts of speech violate v, violator n TOEFL Prep I Find the word or phrase that is closest in meaning to each word in the left-hand column. Write the letter in the blank. 1. severely (a) invent 2. prevailing (b) fall down 3. devise (c) add on 4. collapse (d) extremely 5. annex (e) most common TOEFL Prep II Circle the word that best completes each sentence. 1. The judge ruled that Harry was guilty of a (violation / conquest) of the seat-belt law. 2. Because Dalmatia was protected by high mountains, the empire could not (apex / annex) it. 3. We have to (conquest / devise) a way to fight this new disease. 4. Several armed groups joined together to (resist / collapse) the foreign invaders. 5. The (prevailing / invasive) belief held that the enemy’s peace moves were not sincere. TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. The Roman conquest of North Africa is, in the prevailing view, less interesting than Rome’s European adventures. In truth, one of the first
War and Conquest 89 lands Rome annexed beyond the Italian peninsula was the area around Carthage in North Africa. Carthage and Rome had been in conflict (called the Punic Wars) since 264 BCE for control of trade along the Mediterranean coast. In 202 BCE, during the Second Punic War, the Carthaginian general Hannibal devised a clever plan, in violation of most military wisdom, to march through the high Alps to attack the Roman heartland. The cold weather and steep terrain severely stressed Hannibal’s forces, many of whom rode elephants. The Romans resisted Hannibal’s attacks, and his bold invasion force collapsed. Bonus Structure— In the end, Rome finished off Carthage in the Third Punic In the end War (149–146 BCE). At its apex in 117 CE, Rome introduces the last controlled all of North Africa and territories from the stage of a long Persian Gulf to Britain. process. 1. Which sentence best expresses the essential information of this passage? a. Romans were very successful at resisting invaders. b. Hannibal tried crossing the Alps on elephants to invade Rome. c. Rome and Carthage fought three wars, known as the Punic Wars. d. One of Rome’s first overseas conquests was of the North African state of Carthage. 2. The author of this passage believes that Hannibal’s attack on Rome by crossing the Alps was __________. a. not what most military commanders would do b. exactly what the Roman army used to do c. cruel to elephants d. impractical because elephants can’t cross mountains Lesson 18 War and Conquest TOEFL Prep I 1. d 2. e 3. a 4. b 5. c TOEFL Prep II 1. violation 2. annex 3. devise 4. resist 5. prevailing TOEFL Success 1. d 2. a
History 91 Usage tips Consequence usually implies something negative or serious about the result. Parts of speech consequent adj, consequently adv 4. core n. an area or object at the center The core of India’s film industry is in Bombay, where all but a few film studios are located. Usage tips Core is often followed by another noun (e.g., core principle) or by an of phrase. 5. deny v. Say that something is not true Movie star Allen Butcher denied that he and the Princess of Den- mark were getting married. Usage tips Deny is often followed by the -ing form of a verb or by a that clause. Parts of speech denial n, deniably adv 6. diminish v. Make something smaller or weaker; become smaller or weaker The Protestant Reformation diminished the power of the Roman Catholic Pope. Mr. Partridge’s influence in the company diminished after he relo- cated to a branch office. 7. longitude n. A system of imaginary lines running from north to south along the Earth’s surface, where each line is numbered from 0º to 180° west or east The prime meridian, a line running through Greenwich, England, is marked as 0° longitude. Parts of speech longitudinal adj, longitudinally adv 8. milieu n. General environment or surroundings Many Vietnam veterans did not feel comfortable in the antiwar so- cial milieu of the 1970s.
92 Society 9. Orwellian adj. Frightening and overcontrolled by a government that interferes in nearly every aspect of personal life Biometric devices like eye-scanners allow an Orwellian level of gov- ernment knowledge about everyone’s location. 10. reconciliation n. Coming back together peacefully after having been enemies South Africa avoided a bloodbath after apartheid by setting up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Parts of speech reconcile v, reconciliatory adj TOEFL Prep I Find the word or phrase that is closest in meaning to each word in the left-hand column. Write the letter in the blank. 1. deny (a) say something isn’t true 2. chronologically (b) an end to being enemies 3. consequence (c) middle 4. reconciliation (d) in the order in which events happened 5. core (e) result TOEFL Prep II Circle the word that best completes each sentence. 1. When a nation becomes unwilling to listen to its allies, its international influence will (deny / diminish). 2. The release of many new movies (coincides / consequences) with the start of the holiday period. 3. The (core / milieu) of Roman power shifted to Constantinople after Rome was attacked repeatedly by armies from the north. 4. As our government becomes better at monitoring us, an (Orwellian / coincidental) future awaits us. 5. As you move directly east from one point on the Earth to another, your (longitude / chronology) changes.
History 93 TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. Revisionist history promotes a new view of chronological events, usually for political purposes. Radical revisionists diminish the credibility of a previous view and may even deny that certain events happened at all. Some revisionist Asian historians have ignored long-standing conflicts among native peoples and have explained Asia’s conflicts as a consequence of colonialism and its class-oriented cultural milieu. Good motives among the revisionists—to promote Bonus Structure— reconciliation among traditional rivals—don’t excuse bad Good motives history. History is valuable only if its stories coincide with don’t excuse bad history. Even verifiable facts. From far away, an observer may see clearly though revisionists that a given conflict had nothing to do with colonialism are trying to and a lot to do with 1,000-year-old rivalries. But this is achieve a good not likely to matter much to a confirmed revisionist social goal, they historian. At its core, revisionism—by the government in shouldn’t distort particular—is an Orwellian exercise in thought control, history to do so. not honest science. 1. Which sentence best expresses the essential information of this passage? a. Historians constantly revise history in the light of new facts. b. Revisionist history is less concerned with accuracy than with pro- moting a point of view. c. A new way of studying history, revisionism, has been very success- ful in Asia. d. Revisionist history is the only way to accurately relate events. 2. Why does the author of this reading mention Asia? a. because it offers an example of attempts at revisionist history b. because a civil war occurred between revisionists and others c. because it is the birthplace of revisionist history d. because it was colonized by Europeans and needs a revisionist history
94 Society Lesson 19 History TOEFL Prep I 1. a 2. d 3. e 4. b 5. c TOEFL Prep II 1. diminish 2. coincides 3. core 4. Orwellian 5. longitude TOEFL Success 1. b 2. a
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98 Money 3. decline v. To decrease in power or amount America’s railroads declined because the automobile dominated American life. Parts of speech decline n 4. equity n. The value of one’s share in an investment Barnard’s equity in the business was one-third, or about $350,000. Usage tips In this meaning, equity is always singular and usually followed by an in phrase. 5. inflation n. A situation in which prices for many items rise quite fast During the rapid inflation of the 1970s, prices for food and fuel sometimes rose 20 percent in a single month. Parts of speech inflate v, inflationary adj 6. net adj. After all costs have been subtracted from an amount My gross salary is around $35,000, but my net pay is closer to $29,000. Parts of speech net v, net n 7. per capita adv. For each person Research shows we’re likely to sell 15 light bulbs per capita per year in medium-sized cities. Parts of speech per capita adj 8. regulate v. Control according to a set of rules Trading on the New York Stock Exchange is regulated by officials of the exchange and by federal law. Parts of speech regulation n, regulatory adj 9. subsidy n. Money given by a government or other organization to sup- port an activity Federal subsidies to grain farmers have helped them stay in business despite three years of bad weather. Parts of speech subsidize v
Financial Systems 99 10. tangible adj. Obviously real because it can be seen, touched, or oth- erwise observed One tangible benefit of putting electrical cables underground is a clearer view of the sky. TOEFL Prep I Cross out the one word or phrase that doesn’t fit into each of the lists. 1. things that can be allocated money time temperature attention 2. kinds of commodities oil sadness corn meat 3. tangible things fairness a road trees money 4. things you can have equity in a company a house a child a racehorse TOEFL Prep II Circle the word that best completes each sentence. 1. Buy a car now, before (equity / inflation) drives the price up. 2. Most investors make a mistake. During a stock-market (decline / subsidy) they get frightened and sell. 3. The government is giving a (regulation / subsidy) to tobacco farm- ers so they can compete with foreign producers. 4. Cortecal Inc. estimates that it spends $80.00 (per capita / net) on its annual picnic and on its New Year party for the company’s 1,300 employees. 5. I think that artificial “holidays”like Valentine’s Day or Secretary’s Day are just an attempt to turn private feelings into a(n) (commodity / equity). TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. The great unsettled question of economics is: “How much should the government regulate business?” Conservatives generally argue for a
100 Money decline in government involvement, but they favor certain subsidies to farmers, steelmakers, or airplane manufacturers. Some conservatives also see no conflict between their small-government views and their eagerness for the government to allocate more money for roads into national forests. The net result of these incursions into national forests is a tangible infrastructure that helps some companies but not the public. Publicly owned trees, land, and oil become commodities from which a Bonus Structure— few private companies (many owned by small-government Aside perhaps conservatives) profit. No per capita benefit goes to the from means American people, aside perhaps from the brief anti-inflation “maybe except for.” effect that comes with new oil exploration. 1. What is the main idea of this reading? a. Conservatives have tried to keep others from expanding govern- ment regulations. b. Even though conservatives say they want to limit government in- volvement in business, they actually do often favor it. c. There are several views about the proper role for government in business. d. Small-government conservatives want the government to allocate a certain amount of federal money per capita to help all Americans. 2. Which of the following does the author claim? a. Industries will become subsidies. b. Oil exploration causes inflation. c. Some elements of nature will become commodities. d. Infrastructure will be made of trees, oil, and land. Lesson 20 Financial Systems TOEFL Prep I 1. temperature 2. sadness 3. fairness 4. a child TOEFL Prep II 1. inflation 2. decline 3. subsidy 4. per capita 5. commodity TOEFL Success 1. b 2. c
102 Money 4. impoverish v. To make a person or group poor The collapse of the steel industry impoverished several counties in eastern Ohio. Parts of speech impoverishment n 5. luxury n. Extreme comfort, beyond what anyone needs Automakers try to give their cars an image of luxury by including extras like heated seats and satellite tracking systems. Parts of speech luxuriate v, luxurious adj 6. nobility n. A group of socially prominent people with special titles given by a king or queen, such as “duke” or “countess” In the Middle Ages, the nobility supposedly followed a code that required them to take care of poorer people who lived near their estates. Usage tips Nobility is used as a name for a group of distinguished people; it can also mean “a highly dignified form of behavior.” Parts of speech noble n, noble adj 7. prestige n. Honor and respect for being better than the average The Grassleys enjoyed the prestige of living in the historic town, but they did not feel at home there. Parts of speech prestigious adj 8. privileged adj. Able to enjoy special advantages because of one’s position (usually because of being born into a wealthy or powerful family) Despite his privileged position in one of America’s most powerful families, the politician tried to portray himself as an ordinary person. Parts of speech privilege n 9. prosper v. To do very well in one’s business or personal life Vargas prospered after finally patenting his new inventions.
Wealth and Social Class 103 Usage tips A person can prosper; so can a group, a company, or an area. Parts of speech prosperity n, prosperous adj 10. working class n. People with low-paying (often unskilled) jobs who are not poor but who are not securely in the middle class The Farrelly family, like other members of the working class, were proud of their jobs and did not want any handouts from charity or the government. TOEFL Prep I Find the word or phrase that is closest in meaning to each word in the left-hand column. Write the letter in the blank. Note: Many words in this chapter are similar in meaning. Pay care- ful attention to small differences in meaning. 1. impoverish (a) enjoying special advantages 2. elite (b) to succeed 3. prosper (c) to make extremely poor 4. accumulate (d) belonging to a small group with excellent achievements 5. privileged (e) build up wealth TOEFL Prep II Complete each sentence by filling in the blank with the best word or phrase from the list. Change the form of the word if necessary. Use each word only once. affluence luxury nobility prestige working class 1. The __________ in the hotel was obvious from such features as solid- gold faucets and stairs made of Italian marble. 2. In a show of his extreme __________, Jim Lavich flew 1,500 people to the Bahamas for his wife’s birthday party and ordered 300 casks of wine for them to drink. 3. The oldest and most respected furniture maker in western Michigan, VanEden Inc., earned its __________ by using good materials and lis- tening to its customers.
104 Money 4. France’s __________ was dismantled after the royal family was killed and lesser aristocrats were jailed during the revolution. 5. In the United States, many __________ families do not have health in- surance because their employers don’t offer it. TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. The United States is not the land of equal opportunity.There are no titles of nobility as in Europe, but astounding affluence is passed on in privileged families, and this makes all the difference. Studies Bonus Structure— in the 1970s found that a child of the elite and a child of the The reference to working class may start out with similar intelligence and studies in the drive, but the rich child is about 30 times more likely to 1970s indicates prosper. The rich child goes to high-prestige schools, where some objective evidence for the his or her education may be only slightly above average, but author’s point. where the child accumulates friendships with future leaders. The privileged child becomes comfortable with luxury and is at ease in situations where powerful people meet.The working-class child from a less-prestigious college is not likely to wind up impoverished, but neither is he or she likely to attend many parties of Yale or Vassar alumni. 1. Which sentence best expresses the essential information of this passage? a. The American economy is unfair and must be changed. b. Rich people have natural advantages in education and social con- tacts that help them succeed. c. Children accept one another as friends; only later in life do differ- ences of wealth drive them apart. d. The only way to make money in America is to work and accumu- late it yourself. 2. Why does the author of this reading mention Yale and Vassar? a. They are elite schools attended by many future leaders. b. They are where government officials have secret meetings.
Wealth and Social Class 105 c. They try to give working-class children a chance they can’t get at other schools. d. Their high fees impoverish working-class children. Lesson 21 Wealth and Social Class TOEFL Prep I 1. c 2. d 3. b 4. e 5. a TOEFL Prep II 1. luxury 2. affluence 3. prestige 4. nobility 5. working class TOEFL Success 1. b 2. a
Personal Property 107 4. hazardous adj. Dangerous Parents have to be careful not to buy children’s clothes and toys made of hazardous materials. Parts of speech hazard n, hazardously adv 5. jointly adv. Together with one or more other parties In most states, a husband and wife are assumed to own all their possessions jointly. Parts of speech join v, joint n 6. lease v. To rent something for a long time (several months or years) Some drivers prefer to lease a car rather than buy one. Parts of speech lease n, lessor n, lessee n 7. liability n. Legal responsibility for harming a person or property; a dis- advantage Before you go river rafting, you sign a document releasing the trip leaders from liability in case of injury. Henderson is just a liability to our work team, because he never fin- ishes anything on time. Usage tips In its second meaning, liability is often followed by a to phrase. Parts of speech liable adj 8. proprietor n. Owner, usually of a business or a building The proprietor of Hekman’s Windows is Nels Hekman, grandson of the people who established the factory. Usage tips Very often, proprietor is followed by an of phrase. Parts of speech proprietary adj 9. safeguard v. To protect A burglar-alarm system safeguards our house when we go away on vacation. Usage tips Safeguard implies continuous protection over a long time.
108 Money 10. sole adj. Only Many people have wanted to invest in Harry’s publishing business, but he remains the sole owner. Usage tips Sole almost always appears before the noun it modifies. It does not come after a linking verb like be. Parts of speech solely adv TOEFL Prep I Find the word that is closest in meaning to each word in the left-hand column. Write the letter in the blank. 1. assess (a) dangerous 2. hazardous (b) evaluate 3. jointly (c) protect 4. liability (d) responsibility 5. safeguard (e) together TOEFL Prep II Circle the word that best completes each sentence. 1. The building company is trying to (safeguard / acquire) the whole neighborhood so it can put up a mall. 2. To the average farm family, every child was (an asset / a liability), one more set of hands to gather eggs or plant beans. 3. Gary’s Cookie Shop has to move because the owner of the building won’t renew the (lease / asset). 4. The (hazardous / sole) adult influence on Sarah as she grew up was her grandmother. 5. Some people are born with the disease, but others (acquire / assess) it later in life. TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. It is not easy to make a living as the proprietor of apartment buildings. There is a huge initial expense, not only to acquire the properties but to assess the buildings and to remove any hazardous materials like lead-
Personal Property 109 based paint. A landlord also has to buy the best liability insurance available just to safeguard the investment. Otherwise, one tragic accident could wipe out the value of the entire asset. Bonus Structure— Because of this expense, it’s rare to find a sole individual It’s rare is the opposite of “it’s owning such a property. The risk is more often taken on common.” jointly by a group of investors who then split the profits from the leases. 1. What is the main idea of this reading? a. Being a landlord is enjoyable. b. It costs a lot of money to be a landlord. c. Friendships can be destroyed by owning property jointly. d. Income from leases is greater than a landlord’s expenses. 2. Which of the following is not an expense mentioned in the reading? a. property taxes b. insurance c. making the property safe d. buying the building you hope to rent Lesson 22 Personal Property TOEFL Prep I 1. b 2. a 3. e 4. d 5. c TOEFL Prep II 1. acquire 2. asset 3. lease 4. sole 5. acquire TOEFL Success 1. b 2. a
Employment 111 3. enterprising adj. Creative in thinking of ways to make money Immigrants are often among the most enterprising members of soci- ety, partly because anyone brave enough to make an overseas move is likely to be a risk-taker. Parts of speech enterprise n (Note:There is no verb “to enterprise.”) 4. exploit v. To take advantage of; to treat inconsiderately in order to profit The company tried to exploit the low interest rates to expand oper- ations. The foreign mining company exploited our copper resources and then simply left. Parts of speech exploitation n, exploitive adj 5. incentive n. A possible benefit that motivates a person to do a certain thing This city’s willingness to support its public schools gave us an incentive to move here with our two young children. Usage tips Incentive is usually followed by a to phrase. 6. industrious adj. Willing to work hard The Dutch settlements in Ottawa County were founded by industrious farmers who objected to frivolous behavior such as dancing. Usage tips Only people can be industrious; companies cannot. Parts of speech industriousness n, industriously adv 7. marginal adj. Not very significant or effective Our new advertising campaign had only marginal success, raising sales by a mere 3 percent. Parts of speech marginally adv 8. merit n. Value; success based on one’s work, not on luck Pay raises at our company are based on merit, as determined by a committee of managers.
112 Money Usage tips Merit is uncountable. Parts of speech merit v, meritorious adj 9. promote v. To move someone to a higher position in a company Because of his excellent handling of the Vredeman account, Jim Harris was promoted to vice president. Usage tips Promote is very often followed by a to phrase indicating the position one has been moved up to. Parts of speech promotion n 10. resign v. To quit one’s job Because of controversy over his leadership style, Morton resigned from his job as president. Parts of speech resignation n TOEFL Prep I Find the word or phrase that is closest in meaning to each word in the left-hand column. Write the letter in the blank. 1. compensate (a) good at finding business opportunities 2. dynamic (b) hard-working 3. enterprising (c) energetic 4. industrious (d) move up 5. promote (e) pay TOEFL Prep II Circle the word that best completes each sentence. 1. Some companies move their factories to poor countries in order to (exploit / compensate) the desperation of people who are willing to work for very low wages. 2. For the last five years, we’ve seen only (dynamic / marginal) im- provements in our productivity. 3. Judging by actual money-generating (promotion / merit), Williams is the company’s most valuable employee.
Employment 113 4. I had a lot of (compensation / incentive) to move to our new facility in Minnesota, because two of my brothers live there. 5. Unless my employer stops polluting local rivers, I’m going to (resign / exploit). TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. In the 1960s and 1970s, America was reaching the end of its role as a manufacturing power. Old-style systems of compensation, especially company pension plans, were impoverishing many com- panies. Much to the disadvantage of less-industrious Bonus Structure— workers, companies started demanding merit, not just Especially seniority, before someone could be promoted. Many introduces an outstanding managers who were only marginally effective were example. encouraged to resign. These changes were painful, but unavoidable, symptoms of a growth spurt in the U.S. economy. Economies grow and change just as people do. A truly enterprising businessperson knows how to exploit these large changes and become involved in tomorrow’s dynamic businesses, not yesterday’s. There’s still plenty of money to be made in America, a very effective incentive for workers to adapt to new conditions. 1. Which sentence best expresses the essential information of this passage? a. Most companies cannot afford to compensate their employees like they used to. b. Anyone interested in making a lot of money should move to the United States. c. The 1960s and 1970s were times of great change for the American economy. d. Just as retailers adapt to economic change, so must manufacturers. 2. The author of this article expresses a negative opinion about __________. a. businesspersons b. workers who depended on seniority for promotion
114 Money c. companies that exploit changes in the economy d. the American economy as a whole Lesson 23 Employment TOEFL Prep I 1. e 2. c 3. a 4. b 5. d TOEFL Prep II 1. exploit 2. marginal 3. merit 4. incentive 5. resign TOEFL Success 1. c 2. b
116 Money 3. extract v. To take out International mining companies came to the Malay Peninsula to extract the region’s massive tin deposits. Parts of speech extraction n, extractor n 4. haggle v. To argue back and forth about a price The customer and the shopkeeper haggled over the silver plate for more than an hour. Usage tips Haggle is often followed by a phrase with over or about. Parts of speech haggler n 5. intrepid adj. Fearless For nearly 200 years, only the most intrepid colonists would cross the Appalachian Mountains. 6. merchant n. A person who makes a living by selling things The spice merchants of the eastern markets charged top prices to the Dutch and British sailors, who had come too far to sail away without buying. Usage tips The word merchant might be preceded by another noun telling what the merchant sells (e.g., spice merchant or wine merchant). Parts of speech merchandise v, merchandise n, mercantile adj 7. proportionately adv. In an amount appropriate to each of several recipients The food aid was distributed proportionately per family, with larger families receiving more. Parts of speech proportion n, proportionate adj, proportionally adv 8. prototype n. The first one made of a machine or system The airplane manufacturer uses robots to test every prototype, just in case there is a problem with the design.
International Trade 117 9. reward n. Something one gets for having done well The greatest reward of being a parent is to see your child make a wise decision. Usage tips Reward might be followed by an of or for phrase naming what one has done well. Parts of speech reward v 10. shuttle v. To move back and forth often between two places The small jet shuttles between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore nearly every two hours. Parts of speech shuttle n TOEFL Prep I Find the word or phrase that is closest in meaning to each word in the left-hand column. Write the letter in the blank. 1. haggle (a) brave 2. intrepid (b) in appropriate amounts 3. extract (c) argue about price 4. entrepreneurial (d) take out 5. proportionately (e) business-oriented TOEFL Prep II Circle the word that best completes each sentence. 1. To avoid disease, many people drink only (distilled / extracted) water, which has been boiled to evaporation and then recondensed on a cold surface. 2. Most business travelers do not find it exciting to (haggle / shuttle) be- tween one location and another. 3. According to the laws in this state, tobacco can be sold only by cer- tain licensed (merchants / entrepreneurs) at special tobacco stores. 4. One early (reward / prototype) of the computer was called ENIAC and was as big as an average-sized laboratory. 5. The children were punished (intrepidly / proportionately), with the leader getting a longer sentence than the followers.
118 Money TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. Tomatoes, potatoes, and hot peppers, all originally from South or Central America, are among several plants that have disproportionately influenced cooking around the world. This happened only after a few intrepid eaters got beyond common fears about potatoes, tomatoes, and other products. Entrepreneurial hunters for new food products hardly knew what they were haggling for when they tried to extract from foreign markets goods that would sell well at home. Shuttling between Europe and exotic lands, Italians, Spaniards, and Britons in particular brought back food prototypes that were not obviously good things to eat—cinnamon bark, cousins of the dreaded nightshade Bonus Structure— (tomatoes), and even the pollen from a crocus flower (saffron). As a glance at introduces evidence As a glance at international cookbooks will show, many for the author’s creative merchants were well rewarded not just with financial claim. success, but with culture-changing influence. 1. According to this reading, why did merchants have “culture-changing influence”? a. They found new ways to get from one country to another. b. Many of the plants they sold were poisonous and killed off some populations. c. They made it possible for cultures to develop new dishes. d. They spread European cooking habits around the world. 2. Cinnamon, tomatoes, and saffron are mentioned to make the point that __________. a. many of the new plants merchants introduced were from Asia b. some strange-looking foods from odd sources were eventually accepted c. nightshade was unfairly dreaded by Europeans d. nearly every part of a plant can be turned into a kind of food
International Trade 119 Lesson 24 International Trade TOEFL Prep I 1. c 2. a 3. d 4. e 5. b TOEFL Prep II 1. distilled 2. shuttle 3. merchants 4. prototype 5. proportionately TOEFL Success 1. c 2. b
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124 Government and Justice 3. bitterly adv. Strongly and with a lot of bad feelings Senator Thomas bitterly opposed the movement to design a new state flag. Parts of speech bitterness n, bitter adj 4. candidate n. Someone who wants to be chosen, especially in an elec- tion, for a position In most U.S. elections, there are only two major-party candidates for president. Usage tips Candidate is often followed by a for phrase. Parts of speech candidacy n 5. coalition n. A group of several different groups or countries that are working together to achieve a certain goal. Several local churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples formed a coalition to promote understanding among people of different religions. 6. contest v. To challenge Dave Roper, who narrowly lost the mayor’s race, contested the re- sults, demanding a recount of the votes. Usage tips The noun contest can mean a game, especially one played for a prize. Parts of speech contest n 7. election n. A process in which people choose officials Because of problems with vote-counting four years ago, inter- national observers monitored this year’s election to make sure it was fair. Parts of speech elect v, elective adj 8. inaugurate v. To bring into public office; to start formally The U.S. president is elected in November but is not inaugurated until the following January.
Politics 125 An effort to bring electric service to farms and small towns was inaugurated with the Rural Electrification Act of 1936. Usage tips When it means “bring into public office,” inaugurate is usually in the passive voice. Parts of speech inauguration n, inaugural adj 9. policy n. An approved way for approaching a certain kind of situation The policy said that government money could not be given to any private hospital. 10. poll v. To find out a small group’s opinion so that you can guess what a much larger group thinks The newspaper polled 500 registered voters and found that only 27 percent were in favor of expanding the city zoo. Parts of speech poll n, pollster n TOEFL Prep I Find the phrase that best describes each word in the left-hand column. Write the letter in the blank. 1. policy (a) a process of choosing 2. candidate (b) a kind of power 3. authority (c) a kind of person 4. coalition (d) a way of handling a situation 5. election (e) a kind of group TOEFL Prep II Complete each sentence by filling in each blank with the best word from the list. Change the form of the word if nec- essary. Use each word only once. advocated bitterly contest inaugurated polled 1. In the early twentieth century, politicians fought __________ about whether the U.S. dollar should be based on gold. 2. Only one month after he was __________, President Harrison fell sick and died.
126 Government and Justice 3. My opponent says that I cheated on my taxes. I __________ that charge, and I will prove him wrong. 4. Their predictions about the election results were not very accurate be- cause they __________ too few people in advance. 5. Last year, the Freedom Party __________ giving medical treatment even to people who could not pay for it. TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. In the history of U.S. presidential elections, the year 1876 stands out as one of the oddest.That year, polls suggested that one person had won the popular vote but another had won more official electoral votes—just as happened in the year 2000. In 1876, however, the election was so bitterly contested that a special electoral commission was given the authority to determine which candidate—Republican Rutherford B. Hayes or Democrat Samuel J. Tilden—had won. This commission represented a coalition of interests. The Democrats favored this because otherwise the head of the Senate, Republican Thomas Ferry, would probably have been allowed to declare the winner. In the end, the Democrats were dis- appointed, as the commission advocated the Republican cause. The situation was not settled until March 2 of 1877, only three Bonus Structure— days before the scheduled inauguration of a new president— As it turned out Hayes, as it turned out. Only then did America find out who is an adverbial clause indicating an its new leader would be. Americans seem not to have learned eventual resolution many lessons from 1876, however, because in 2000 there was of a long-standing still no official policy on how to settle an election that hung problem. on a few contested votes. The problem was settled (by the Supreme Court) much faster in 2000, but still, no real system had been set up to deal with the situation.
Politics 127 1. In what way was the 1876 election even odder than that in 2000? a. It happened much earlier. b. It involved only two major candidates. c. One person won the popular vote and another won the electoral vote. d. The uncertainty over who would win the presidency lasted many months. 2. Who decided the outcome of the 1876 election? a. a special electoral commission b. Thomas Ferry c. the Supreme Court d. Rutherford B. Hayes Lesson 25 Politics TOEFL Prep I 1. d 2. c 3. b 4. e 5. a TOEFL Prep II 1. bitterly 2. inaugurated 3. contest 4. polled 5. advocated TOEFL Success 1. d 2. a
A Reasonable Doubt 129 Usage tips In a court context, civil almost always appears in one of the following phrases: civil suit, civil action, civil court, civil proceedings, and civil penalties. 4. convict v. To decide that someone is guilty of a crime Dean was convicted of assault after the jury saw a video of him striking another man. Usage tips Convict is often used in the passive voice. Parts of speech convict n, conviction n 5. guilty adj. Responsible for doing something bad The jury found that the director was guilty of embezzlement. Usage tips Guilty is often followed by an of phrase that names a crime or bad deed. Parts of speech guilt n, guiltily adv 6. offense n. A specific act that breaks the law Convicted twice of reckless driving,Victor will lose his license if he commits another serious traffic offense. Parts of speech offender n, offensive adj 7. peer n. A person who is one’s social equal In requiring judgment by “a jury of one’s peers,” U.S. law meant to protect lower-class defendants from the possibly biased judgment of upper-class juries. 8. suspect n. Someone who, in the opinion of the police, might have com- mitted a certain crime The police were investigating the activities of five suspects in the liquor-store robbery. Parts of speech suspect v, suspicion n, suspicious adj, suspiciously adv
130 Government and Justice 9. verdict n. A judgment in a court case It took the jury only 30 minutes to reach a verdict of “guilty.” Usage tips Verdict is often the object of the verbs reach or arrive at. 10. witness v. To see something, especially a crime, happen After witnessing the car theft, Rodney called the police. Parts of speech witness n TOEFL Prep I Find the word or phrase that is closest in mean- ing to each word in the left-hand column. Write the letter in the blank. 1. accuse (a) to determine that someone is guilty 2. convict (b) responsible for a crime 3. civil (c) a social equal 4. guilty (d) being related to a personal dispute, not a crime 5. peer (e) to say someone did a bad thing TOEFL Prep II Circle the word that best completes each sentence. 1. The most likely (suspect / witness) in the murder was the victim’s brother, but no one actually saw the crime. 2. The new president (allegedly / guiltily) had his main opponents killed, but he denies it. 3. At one time in the United States, possession of marijuana was a minor (verdict / offense). 4. The (witness / peer) made a poor impression on the jury because he couldn’t remember many details about the crime scene. 5. Juries are instructed to arrive at a unanimous (verdict / convict), one agreeable to all members of the jury.
A Reasonable Doubt 131 TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. One of the most controversial murder cases of the twentieth century was that involving the death of Marilyn Sheppard in 1954. Her husband, Dr. Sam Sheppard, was accused of killing her and then injuring himself. An unlikely suspect, Sheppard was highly respected by his peers in the medical world. Still, there were odd aspects to the murder that Sheppard could not explain away. Unfortunately for Sheppard, none of his supporters actually witnessed the crime, so nobody could back up Sheppard’s claim that the real killer was a bushy-haired man whom Sheppard had chased across his lawn and fought with briefly. Sheppard was eventually convicted of the offense, but Bonus Structure— many people doubted the verdict. With aggressive help The clause con- from a lawyer named F. Lee Bailey, Sheppard got a new taining but and trial. Bailey suggested many alternatives to Sheppard’s doubt signals guilt, enough that the new jury could not say he was guilty that arguments beyond a reasonable doubt. Sheppard was released from against the verdict prison but died soon afterward. His son, Chip, pursued the will be given. case through several civil and criminal proceedings in an attempt to find out the truth about his mother’s murder. Late in the 1990s, new DNA analysis techniques proved that someone other than Sam Sheppard and his family had been in the house that night. Sheppard’s story about the bushy-haired man had probably been accurate all along. 1. Why was the Sheppard case unusual? a. A husband was accused of murdering his wife. b. The murder occurred in 1954. c. Doubt about the guilty verdict led to a second trial. d. The accused murderer said he didn’t do it. 2. The author of this article implies that Sam Sheppard __________ a. did not kill his wife b. lied about the bushy-haired man c. did not love his wife d. married again after he got out of prison
132 Government and Justice Lesson 26 A Reasonable Doubt TOEFL Prep I 1. e 2. a 3. d 4. b 5. c TOEFL Prep II 1. suspect 2. allegedly 3. offense 4. witness 5. verdict TOEFL Success 1. c 2. a
134 Government and Justice Usage tips Bureaucratic implies that something is inefficient and unnecessarily complicated. Parts of speech bureaucracy n 4. condemn v. To speak out against something in very strong terms Religious radicals condemned the government for allowing alcohol to be sold in restaurants. Parts of speech condemnation n 5. evidence n. Something that makes the truth of a statement seem more likely The most convincing evidence that Garner robbed the store was a videotape from surveillance cameras. Parts of speech evidence v, evident adj, evidently adv 6. implicate v. To suggest that someone was involved in a crime or other wrong behavior No group claimed responsibility for the bombing, but the type of explosive used implicates the Heartland Freedom Militia. Usage tips Implicate is often followed by in. Parts of speech implication n 7. inquiry n. An investigation The FBI launched an inquiry into the relationship between organ- ized crime and the trucking company. Parts of speech inquire v 8. intrusively adv. In a way that brings an unwanted person or thing into someone else’s affairs The new consultant from company headquarters appeared intrusively at meetings, staff parties, and other functions where he was not wanted. Parts of speech intrude v, intrusion n, intruder n, intrusive adj
The Police 135 9. seize v. To take something against its owner’s will Federal agents can seize private homes and other property possibly used in the production or sale of illegal drugs. Parts of speech seizure n 10. surveillance n. A process of watching something or someone for a long time, usually because the person is suspected of something Police surveillance of one suspected car thief resulted in the arrest of a whole gang of carjackers. Usage tips Surveillance is often followed by an of phrase. TOEFL Prep I Find the word or phrase that is closest in meaning to the opposite of each word in the left-hand column. Write the let- ter in the blank. 1. ascertain (a) unnoticeably 2. intrusively (b) simple and straightforward 3. seize (c) give back 4. condemn (d) cause doubt about 5. bureaucratic (e) praise TOEFL Prep II Complete each sentence by filling in the blank with the best word from the list. Change the form of the word if nec- essary. Use each word only once. apprehend evidence implicate inquiry surveillance 1. Officials could not __________ Basil because people in villages and towns throughout the country were willing to hide him. 2. During their __________ of O’Brien’s house, detectives audiotaped his phone conversations. 3. Until we finish our __________ into the disappearance of the cash, all employees are suspects. 4. Even if there is __________, such as fingerprints, that might __________ someone in a crime, there might be other indications that the person is innocent.
136 Government and Justice TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects citizens from unreasonable search and seizure. Some civil libertarians have condemned the federal antidrug bureaucracy for threatening this basic right. In a drug case, police need no evidence to intrude on private property, apprehend a suspected dealer, and seize all the person’s property. Property taken under this law may be sold for a profit later by the law-enforcement officials involved in the raid. The target of a raid might be implicated only by an unreliable report from an un- friendly neighbor. The police are not required to ascertain whether there’s any physical evidence of drug activity at the site. Bonus Structure— In one case, surveillance of a large California property In one case convinced local authorities to seize it—not because they saw introduces an drug activity but because the property was worth a lot of example. money. The property was taken, and its owner was shot trying to defend himself. A later inquiry determined that there were no illegal drugs on the property. 1. According to this reading, which of these activities does the author oppose? a. marijuana possession b. surveillance c. property seizures d. civil libertarians 2. Why does the author of this reading mention the Fourth Amendment? a. because drug-related seizures seem to violate it b. because it outlaws the use of certain drugs c. because it has finally stopped the antidrug forces from seizing property d. because he disagrees that Americans should be protected by it
The Police 137 Lesson 27 The Police TOEFL Prep I 1. d 2. b 3. e 4. a 5. c TOEFL Prep II 1. apprehend 2. surveillance 3. inquiry 4. evidence, implicate TOEFL Success 1. c 2. a
Investigating Crimes 139 4. hypothesize v. To make a guess, the correctness of which will eventu- ally be investigated systematically. Scientists hypothesize that planets capable of supporting life exist beyond our solar system, but they have not yet seen any. Usage tips Hypothesize is often followed by a that clause. Parts of speech hypothesis n, hypothetical adj 5. impair v. To make something less effective than usual The snow impaired John’s ability to hear anyone’s footsteps. Usage tips The object of impair is often [someone’s] ability to. Parts of speech impairment n 6. inference n. A conclusion drawn from evidence Inspector Dowd’s inference that Ms. Miller was South African was based on her accent. Parts of speech infer v 7. objectively adv. Based on unbiased standards, not on personal opinion I don’t like Mr. Rowan, but looking objectively at his sales numbers, I saw that he was a very valuable employee. Parts of speech objective adj 8. suspicious adj. Believing that something is wrong; acting in a way that makes people believe you have done something wrong The neighbors became suspicious of Jim when he bought a big new car and some fancy clothes. Jim’s suspicious purchases made his neighbors think he might be getting money illegally. Parts of speech suspicion n, suspiciously adv 9. tolerate v. To avoid getting upset about something My math teacher tolerates a lot of talking in her class, but my his- tory teacher tells us to be quiet. Parts of speech toleration n, tolerance n, tolerant adj
140 Government and Justice 10. versus prep. Against In the debate, it was pro-war senators versus antiwar senators. Usage tips Versus is often abbreviated as vs. in sports contexts, or simply v. in legal contexts. TOEFL Prep I Find the word or phrase that is closest in meaning to each word in the left-hand column. Write the letter in the blank. 1. assail (a) against 2. contrary (b) guess 3. hypothesize (c) showing differences or opposition 4. impair (d) vigorously attack 5. versus (e) cause problems for TOEFL Prep II Circle the word that best completes each sentence. 1. Most police departments have laboratories, where scientists (assail / analyze) evidence according to scientific procedures. 2. The new police chief would not (tolerate / impair) any joking around in the police station. 3. Everyone assumed Travis was innocent, despite evidence to the (contrary / suspicious). 4. A judge who feels unable to think (versus / objectively) about a case should withdraw from it. 5. The bomb squad was called after a (suspicious / contrary) package was delivered to the governor’s office. TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. Bonus Structure— In 1979, two British farmers reported that, while sitting on This refers to the a hill, they suddenly saw the crops below flattened in a whole situation perfect circle.They inferred that some great force must have described in the previous sentence, come down directly from above to squash the corn and not to any one barley. This started a public hysteria about so-called crop noun phrase. circles. The patterns pressed into the crops (not all of them
Investigating Crimes 141 were circles) seemed to have no entry or exit points. Many people hypothesized that only alien spaceships could make such bizarre imprints. Others, including Britain’s police, assailed such wild conclusions. They had a contrary theory: Someone was playing a big hoax. Teams of investigators took samples of the plants and the soil, trying to objectively analyze the crop circles as if they were a crime scene. Public curiosity often impaired the investigators, who had to tolerate busloads of tourists flocking to the circles. The farmers in the area, long suspicious of the police, approached the case as an instance of police versus the people. If the local farmers knew the circles were a hoax, they wouldn’t say so. 1. According to the article, why did many people think that crop circles were created by alien spaceships? a. The circles looked like they had been made from above and had no way in or out. b. The observers in 1979 reported seeing a UFO land and make a crop circle. c. The plants and soil inside a crop circle contained chemicals not found on Earth. d. They were in unusual shapes and contained alien symbols. 2. Why does the author mention “a hoax”? a. because one of the locals admitted playing a trick on his neighbors b. because most people think that crop circles are evil c. because police investigators thought crop circles were made by hu- mans as a joke d. because crop circles are probably made by secret government aircraft Lesson 28 Investigating Crimes TOEFL Prep I 1. d 2. c 3. b 4. e 5. a TOEFL Prep II 1. analyze 2. tolerate 3. contrary 4. objectively 5. suspicious TOEFL Success 1. a 2. c
Government Corruption 143 Usage tips Erode can be intransitive (the beach eroded) or transitive (the waves eroded the beach). Parts of speech erosion n, erosive adj 4. evade v. To get away from something that tries to catch you The robbery suspects tried to evade the police by fleeing to Canada. Parts of speech evasion n, evasive adj 5. grotesque adj. Extremely unattractive, in a way that catches a lot of attention. Spending $3.5 million to redecorate the governor’s house is a grotesque misuse of public money. 6. integrity n. Personal honesty and good character We don’t have a problem with our employees stealing from the store because we hire only people with a lot of integrity. 7. prevalent adj. Common; easy to find because it exists in great amounts Distrust of elected officials was prevalent in our county because many of them were friends with certain candidates. Parts of speech prevail v, prevalence n 8. reform v. To make big improvements The new law was an attempt to reform the system of giving money to political candidates. Parts of speech reform n, reformer n 9. scandal n. A case of wrongdoing that hurts someone’s reputation In the Watergate scandal, some of the president’s top advisors were revealed to be criminals. Parts of speech scandalize v, scandalous adj 10. unmask v. Reveal; expose something that is hidden The Forge Trucking Company was eventually unmasked as a front for organized crime.
144 Government and Justice TOEFL Prep I Find the word or phrase that is closest in meaning to the opposite of each word in the left-hand column. Write the let- ter in the blank. 1. cynically (a) respectfully 2. evade (b) corruption 3. integrity (c) cover up 4. prevalent (d) uncommon 5. unmask (e) get caught TOEFL Prep II Circle the word that best completes each sentence. 1. The president resigned because a (scandal / bribery) made it impossi- ble for him to lead. 2. Laws that let the police monitor criminals can (erode / evade) the pri- vacy of innocent citizens too. 3. After Downforth Castle was bought by apartment developers, it be- came a (prevalent / grotesque) jumble of poorly built additions. 4. In some places, people who are pulled over for traffic offenses use (scandal / bribery) to avoid getting a ticket. 5. President Carazza came to office promising (reform / integrity) of the prison system. TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. In many countries, few politicians have enough integrity to resist corruption and bribery. Because such practices are so prevalent, officials often evade any personal sense of guilt by pretending that everyone is just as corrupt as they are. Even in cases of really grotesque corruption, the kind that might cause a scandal in a less-corrupt government, the general population may not be shocked. Instead, they may cynically Bonus Structure— conclude that government corruption is natural and un- In this environment avoidable. In this environment, the efforts of an honest means “under politician to unmask corruption may be eroded by the these conditions.” public’s lack of interest, causing any efforts at reform to fail.
Government Corruption 145 1. Why do people in some countries not react negatively to corruption? a. because they feel it cannot be avoided b. because they want reform c. because almost everyone in the government is corrupt d. because they have paid money to gain influence 2. What effect might a small scandal have in a country where government corruption is not typical? a. It could make someone very popular. b. It could cause a politician to become cynical. c. It could cost a lot of money. d. It could cause a government official to lose his or her position. Lesson 29 Government Corruption TOEFL Prep I 1. a 2. e 3. b 4. d 5. c TOEFL Prep II 1. scandal 2. erode 3. grotesque 4. bribery 5. reform TOEFL Success 1. c 2. d
Crimes at Sea 147 4. deviant adj. In a style that is not normal and is offensive to many The artist based his reputation on creating deviant works of art that disgusted most of the public. Usage tips Deviant always implies a bad opinion of someone or something. Parts of speech deviant n, deviation n, deviate v 5. distort v. To twist or misrepresent; to make something seem different from what it really is If you hold a pencil in a glass of water, the water distorts the ap- pearance of the pencil. Parts of speech distortion n 6. intentionally adv. On purpose, not by accident Danny intentionally lost his last golf ball because he was tired of playing. Parts of speech intent n, intention n. intend v, intentional adj 7. piracy n. Stealing a ship or taking the ship’s cargo; the unlawful copy- ing of books, CDs, etc. Modern-day piracy occurs mostly near groups of small, uninhabited islands where pirates can hide. The software company constantly battled piracy. Parts of speech pirate n, pirate v 8. predicament n. A difficult situation, one that is hard to get out of College basketball stars face the predicament of wanting to gradu- ate but being tempted by high professional salaries. 9. smuggle v. To illegally bring things into a country The pirate Ben Dewar smuggled guns to British and Indian fighters in North America. Parts of speech smuggler n, smuggling n
148 Government and Justice 10. villainy n. Exceptional badness, as demonstrated by many serious evil deeds Fred was not a natural criminal, but he learned all kinds of villainy while being jailed for a minor crime. Parts of speech villain n, villainous adj TOEFL Prep I Find the word or phrase that is closest in meaning to the opposite of each word in the left-hand column. Write the let- ter in the blank. 1. detain (a) clarify 2. distort (b) by accident 3. villainy (c) let go 4. intentionally (d) normal 5. deviant (e) good deeds TOEFL Prep II Choose the word from the list that is closest in meaning to the underlined part of each sentence. Write it in the blank. abducted coerced piracy predicament smuggled 1. The police force’s difficult situation involved a bank rob- ber who threatened to shoot a bank employee if any po- lice approached. 2. Despite laws restricting animal imports, thousands of monkeys and lemurs and other wild animals are brought illegally into the United States. 3. The enemy captured and took away the general’s son. 4. Two men were convicted of stealing a boat near the Riau Islands. 5. By threatening to set fire to their ship, the governor of Bermuda pressured the pirate crew to give themselves up.
Crimes at Sea 149 TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the question that follows. The Spanish explorer Pizarro’s abduction of the Inca King Atahualpa came in 1529. His men detained the king, coerced the Incas into paying a large ransom in gold and silver, and then intentionally killed the king anyway.Their conquest of Peru established the legendary Spanish Main— Spanish holdings on the mainland of Central and South America. The predicament for Spain’s kings was how to get the riches of the New World to Spain. Pirates and privateers ruled the waves. To distort what was actually just robbery, the king of England issued “letters of marque,” licenses that turned certain pirates into agents of the British government. Their piracy against Spanish ships and Spanish gold was considered service to the king or queen of England. Most pirates with such letters were social deviants Bonus Structure— anyway, and predictably, they became embarrassments to Predictably the British crown. In 1603, Britain’s King James I canceled means that the information that all his government’s letters of marque. The many follows is no dangerous, unemployed pirates became buccaneers, a surprise. terrifying mix of tough characters that operated from the island of Hispaniola. They conducted merciless raids on Spanish settlements and formed a brotherhood known for theft, torture, smuggling, and villainy of all sorts. An introductory sentence for a brief summary of the passage is provided below. Complete the summary by selecting three answer choices that express the most important ideas in the passage. In each blank, write the letter of one of your choices. The establishment of the Spanish Main provided rich targets for pirates and privateers, often with government encouragement. • • •
150 Government and Justice a. Pizarro’s men abducted King Atahualpa in 1529. b. By issuing letters of marque, the kings of England gave their ap- proval of raids on Spanish ships. c. Piracy in the South China Sea was also a problem at this time. d. Pirates who worked for the English crown were known as bucca- neers. e. Sailing under a letter of marque, a privateer could steal property in the king’s name. f. Eventually, the English crown was embarrassed by the behavior of its privateers and canceled the letters of marque. Lesson 30 Crimes at Sea TOEFL Prep I 1. c 2. a 3. e 4. b 5. d TOEFL Prep II 1. predicament 2. smuggled 3. abducted 4. piracy 5. coerced TOEFL Success b, e, f
152 Government and Justice 4. interdict v. To keep something from reaching a certain place With faster patrol boats, the Coast Guard can more easily interdict drugs being smuggled by sea. Parts of speech interdiction n 5. juxtapose v. Place next to one another If you juxtapose these two similar flowers, you can see clear differ- ences between them. Parts of speech juxtaposition n 6. misconception n. A mistaken belief A common misconception about rabbits is that they are a kind of rodent. 7. modify v. Make small changes in order to get a certain result People who live in high mountains often modify their car engines to run well in the thinner air. Parts of speech modification n, modifier n 8. potent adj. Powerful A very potent type of marijuana with surprisingly strong effects be- came available in Burrytown. Parts of speech potency n 9. residual adj. Left behind after most of a thing has gone In the airplane, agents found residual traces of heroin. Usage tips Residual is often followed by trace, amount, or some other word referring to “quantity.” Parts of speech residue n 10. subtly adv. In a quiet, hard-to-notice way By subtly changing the soft drink’s formula, we improved its taste and made production cheaper. Parts of speech subtlety n, subtle adj
The War on Drugs 153 TOEFL Prep I Find the word or phrase that is closest in meaning to each word in the left-hand column. Write the letter in the blank. 1. cartel (a) stop 2. interdict (b) remaining 3. juxtaposed (c) next to 4. residual (d) without drawing attention 5. subtle (e) a kind of group TOEFL Prep II Circle the word that best completes each sentence. 1. With a (subtle / residual) nod of his head, the inspector signaled his agents. 2. Sunlight is a (concentrated / potent) source of energy for electricity generation, but it can be expensive to collect and store. 3. Things other than drugs can be (addictive / subtle), such as gambling or even television. 4. A security official tries to (modify / interdict) foreign terrorists before they can enter the country. 5. Your advertisement created the (misconception / cartel) that every- thing was on sale for 50 percent off. TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. Illegal addictive drugs, like heroin or cocaine, come from plants grown and harvested mostly by poor farmers.Their small farmhouses juxtaposed with the mansions of billionaire drug lords illustrate the unequal payouts to various players in the drug trade.The farmers sell their Bonus Structure— product cheaply to a drug-distribution cartel that is owned Because this reading by the drug lords. People working for the cartel then refine describes a system the drugs into a concentrated form, or even modify them of operations, the chemically to make them more potent and therefore more word then appears valuable. Other cartel members then transport the drugs to very often. distributors for sale, smuggling them over huge distances, including international borders. Governments try to interdict smugglers, using both
154 Government and Justice new technology and old (like sniffer dogs) to find residual traces of drugs. Their occasional successes have led to a popular misconception that antidrug campaigns are close to stopping the flow of illegal drugs. On the contrary, as long as drug lords can make vast fortunes in their illegal trade, smugglers will come up with ever-more-subtle ways of concealing their goods, and the War on Drugs goes on. 1. Who makes the most money from the drug trade? a. rural farmers b. people who refine drugs c. drug lords d. antidrug officers 2. Schematic table:Write the letter of each phrase in either column A or column B, based on which one it relates to according to the reading. A. Drug producers and dealers B. Antidrug forces a. subtle ways of hiding drugs b. sniffer dogs c. high-tech detection d. concentrate drugs to make them potent e. pay farmers to grow plants that yield drugs Lesson 31 The War on Drugs TOEFL Prep I 1. e 2. a 3. c 4. b 5. d TOEFL Prep II 1. subtle 2. potent 3. addictive 4. interdict 5. misconception TOEFL Success 1. c 2. Column A: a, d, e Column B: b, c
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158 Relationships Billy Sobieski claimed to be a descendant of Jan Sobieski, a former king of Poland. Usage tips Descendant is often followed by an of phrase. Parts of speech descend v, descent n 4. inheritance n. Things passed down to you from your ancestors My inheritance from my grandmother included her favorite necklace. Parts of speech inherit v, inheritor n 5. kin n. Relatives Even though my uncle didn’t really like me, he was kind to me be- cause we were kin. Usage tips A common phrase is next of kin, meaning “closest relative.” Parts of speech kinship n 6. legitimate adj. True and respectable; in the context of family, born of a mother and father who were married to each other You can skip the meeting if you have a legitimate reason. Harcourt had two legitimate children with his wife Hannah and one illegitimate son with a woman whom he met while traveling. Usage tips The opposite of legitimate is illegitimate. Parts of speech legitimize v, legitimacy n 7. paternal adj. Relating to a father My mother’s parents have both died, but my paternal grandparents are still alive. Usage tips Paternal may appear with maternal, meaning “relating to a mother.” 8. proximity n. Nearness The house was comfortable, except for its proximity to a busy road.
Family Relationships 159 Usage tips Proximity can be followed by an of phrase or a to phrase. Parts of speech proximate adj 9. sentiment n. Feelings; opinion based on feelings I share your sentiments about air travel, but I disagree that cars are safer. Usage tips Sentiments (the plural) is more common than sentiment. Parts of speech sentimentality n, sentimental adj 10. sibling n. Brother or sister My siblings and I got together to buy our parents a gift for their anniversary. Usage tips Sibling is often preceded by a possessive noun or pronoun. TOEFL Prep I Find the word or phrase that is closest in meaning to each word in the left-hand column. Write the letter in the blank. 1. ancestral (a) fatherly 2. descendants (b) children, grandchildren, etc. 3. legitimate (c) what one thinks or feels 4. paternal (d) acceptable and right 5. sentiments (e) related to earlier generations TOEFL Prep II Complete each sentence by filling in the blank with the best word from the list. Change the form of the word if nec- essary. Use each word only once. cohesion inheritance kin proximity siblings 1. You can’t expect to have family __________ if the members don’t re- spect each other. 2. In our family, the __________ who are closest in age get along the best. 3. If someone dies without a will, the possessions usually go to the next of __________.
160 Relationships 4. Medical bills in his last year greatly reduced the __________ going to Tom’s wife. 5. Legally, parents have the same __________ of relationship to an adopted child as to their biological children. TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. The nature of the family varies widely from culture to culture. In some societies, family members tend to stay in close proximity to their kin, never moving more than a few miles away from the ancestral home. In other places, while the members of one generation may all live near one another, their descendants in the next generation scatter widely. In such a case, it’s difficult to maintain the same family cohesion enjoyed by those who live close together. Sometimes marriage can govern family structure; for example, there may be strict traditions requiring a new bride to leave her paternal home and siblings to move in with her new husband’s family. Such traditions are followed, even by young couples who don’t like them, because going against them is likely to result in the loss of inheritance. Whatever one’s own sentiments about family structure, it is important to recognize that one culture’s family system is as legitimate as another’s. 1. Which of the following best states the main idea of this passage? a. Different family systems can be found worldwide, but each one de- serves respect. b. Societies in which children move far away from their parents are not very cohesive. c. Although some societies still require a wife to move in with her hus- band’s family, this tradition is dying out. d. The most important factor in family happiness is close proximity to your relatives. 2. According to this reading, which family system is most common? a. Members of a family living in the same community. b. Family members spreading out and living in various cities. c. Young couples living with the man’s parents. d. It is impossible to tell from this reading.
Family Relationships 161 Lesson 32 Family Relationships TOEFL Prep I 1. e 2. b 3. d 4. a 5. c TOEFL Prep II 1. cohesion 2. siblings 3. kin 4. inheritance 5. proximity TOEFL Success 1. a 2. d
Friendship 163 Usage tips A between phrase—indicating the things that are connected—often follows bond. Parts of speech bond v 4. clique n. A small group of friends who are unfriendly to people outside the group High-schoolers form cliques to gain security and acceptance. Usage tips Clique indicates a negative feeling toward a group. Parts of speech cliquish adj 5. confide v. To tell very personal things Teenagers are more willing to confide in a friend than in a parent. Usage tips Confide is almost always followed by an in phrase. Parts of speech confidence n, confidant n, confidential adj 6. exclusive adj. Keeping out all but a few people The most exclusive universities accept only a small percentage of people who want to attend. Usage tips Exclusive can indicate a positive opinion, but in the context of friendship, it can mean “attached only to one person.” Parts of speech exclude v, exclusion n, exclusively adv 7. fluctuate v. To change often, from one condition to another Earth’s climate fluctuates between warm periods and cold periods. Usage tips Fluctuate is usually followed by a between phrase (or by a from . . . to structure). Parts of speech fluctuation n 8. in common adv. As a shared characteristic Billy and Heather have a lot in common—basketball, a love of pizza, and an interest in snakes. Usage tips In common very often appears with the verb to have.
164 Relationships 9. solidarity n. Standing together despite pressure to move apart Many student groups declared solidarity with the Latino Student Association in their effort to get a Spanish-speaking principal. Usage tips Solidarity is usually used in political contexts. 10. willing adj. Agreeable and ready to do something Because of their long friendship, Professor Gardner was willing to say a few words at Jones’s birthday celebration. Usage tips Willing is almost always followed by a to + verb structure. Parts of speech will v, will n, willingness n TOEFL Prep I Find the word or phrase that is closest in meaning to each word in the left-hand column. Write the letter in the blank. 1. affection (a) liking someone or something 2. bond (b) to move back and forth 3. clique (c) standing together in a political cause 4. fluctuate (d) a connection 5. solidarity (e) an exclusive group TOEFL Prep II Circle the word or phrase that best completes each sentence. 1. Charles is (exclusive / willing) to be friends with Dory, but he is already dating another girl. 2. If I (associate / confide) in you, do you promise to keep what I say a secret? 3. When it comes to weather, Minnesota and North Dakota have a lot (in common / in a bond). 4. One of the main reasons to go to an exclusive college is that you get to (associate / fluctuate) with some of the country’s future leaders. 5. The court said that the club’s membership rules were unjustly (willing / exclusive) because they kept out people of certain ethnic groups.
Friendship 165 TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. You can walk into any high school and spot the cliques: the jocks hang out here, the geeks there, the Goths and preppies in their areas.Teenagers feel a strong need to belong to a group, to associate with people with whom they share common interests or goals. Since adolescence is often a time when teens feel turmoil in their home lives, they seek affection and friendship outside the home. They look for other young people to bond with when their parents don’t seem to “understand.” Teens going through the various crises of adolescence can more easily confide in others their own age, with whom they have more in common. Teen cliques are by no means exclusive; membership can fluctuate on an almost daily basis, but the important thing is that group members feel a sense of solidarity and are willing to stick together. 1. According to the reading, why do adolescents search for friendship outside the home? a. They want to be accepted by the jocks and Goths. b. They think their parents don’t understand the problems they face. c. They want to be in a different clique every day. d. They want to talk about their parents with other teenagers. 2. According to the reading, do teens stay in the same groups all the time? a. Yes, because their parents want them to. b. Yes, because they share common interests. c. No, they may move from group to group quite frequently. d. No, most groups don’t accept new members. Lesson 33 Friendship TOEFL Prep I 1. a 2. d 3. e 4. b 5. c TOEFL Prep II 1. willing 2. confide 3. in common 4. associate 5. exclusive TOEFL Success 1. b 2. c
Passion 167 4. dilemma n. A difficult choice between two things I was caught in a dilemma between traveling by airplane and taking a train, which is slower but more comfortable. 5. engender v. To bring into being; to cause to exist The government’s warnings about terrorism engendered fear throughout the nation. Usage tips Engender is often followed by a noun for an emotion. 6. loyal adj. Faithful Carter was loyal to his girlfriend and would not date anyone else. Usage tips Loyal is often followed by a to phrase. Parts of speech loyalty n, loyally adv 7. passion n. An extremely strong emotion, like love or anger Debbie complained that there was no passion in her marriage. Parts of speech passionate adj, passionately adv 8. proliferation n. An increase in the number of something and in the number of places it can be found The proliferation of fast-food restaurants has made it harder for Americans to eat healthy lunches. Usage tips Proliferation is very often followed by an of phrase. Parts of speech proliferate v 9. reciprocity n. Doing as much for another as he or she has done for you Dan was giving a lot of attention to Kelly, but he felt no reciprocity in their relationship. Parts of speech reciprocate v, reciprocal adj 10. vanish v. To disappear suddenly When the sun came out, last night’s light snowfall vanished.
168 Relationships TOEFL Prep I Find the word or phrase that is closest in meaning to the opposite of each word in the left-hand column. Write the let- ter in the blank. 1. complex (a) an easy choice 2. dilemma (b) simple 3. loyal (c) a decrease 4. proliferation (d) appear 5. vanish (e) unfaithful TOEFL Prep II Choose the word from the list that is closest in meaning to the underlined part of each sentence. Write it in the blank. despondent devotion to engender passion reciprocity 1. In a good relationship, there is a lot of give and take. 2. Mr. Foster’s strong love for teaching makes him suc- cessful. 3. Rhonda was extremely sad after the death of her cat. 4. Sometimes, a small characteristic, like a nice smile, can cause love. 5. My continuing support for the candidate is based on my admiration for her. TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the new vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. Perhaps no emotion is more complex than passion. Passion can show itself in a negative way as a burst of anger, or in a more pleasant way, as love. Passion can engender blind devotion for a lover or plunge a person into despondent misery if he or she feels a lack of reciprocity in the relationship. Passion and love cause innumerable dilemmas, and people constantly seek out ways to understand these emotions, as evidenced by
Passion 169 the proliferation of articles, books, talk shows, and Web pages devoted to relationships. Many of these forums have loyal followings and have become cultural fixtures. The endless flow of information and opinions about the complex situations aroused by passion will probably not vanish anytime soon. 1. According to this article, which statement about passion is true? a. It can have good or bad effects. b. It can be easily explained. c. It helps people decide what to do. d. It is irrational. 2. According to the reading, why are there so many books and other works about passion? a. because people want a lot of advice about love b. because many people want to write about their own passion c. because reading about passion is relaxing d. because passion can also show itself as a burst of anger Lesson 34 Passion TOEFL Prep I 1. b 2. a 3. e 4. c 5. d TOEFL Prep II 1. reciprocity 2. passion 3. despondent 4. engender 5. devotion to TOEFL Success 1. a 2. a
Negative Emotions 171 Usage tips You can only berate someone directly—only when he or she can hear you. 4. contemptuous n. Having no respect Most scientists are contemptuous of reports that aliens from outer space have landed on the Earth. Usage tips A very common structure is be contemptuous of. Parts of speech contempt n, contemptible adj, contemptuously adv 5. despise v. Hate very much Tom grew to despise his greedy and unfriendly boss. 6. humiliation n. An event that causes someone to feel that she or he has lost the respect of others Losing the chess tournament was a great humiliation for Marie, and she never played chess again. Parts of speech humiliate v 7. obnoxious adj. Bothersome; doing small things that others don’t like My obnoxious neighbor keeps talking to me while I’m trying to read in my backyard. Parts of speech obnoxiously adv 8. shame n. Dishonor because one has done something wrong Feeling deep shame because of their son’s crimes, the Ford family moved to a different town. Usage tips Shame is often followed by an of or about phrase. Parts of speech shame v, shameful adj, ashamed adj, shamefully adv 9. stigmatize v. To mark with a visible feature that makes other people think, perhaps incorrectly, that someone or something is wrong Cadbury’s beard and tattoos stigmatized him as a bad match for Wall Street, so he couldn’t find work as a financial analyst. Parts of speech stigma n
172 Relationships 10. vitriolic adj. Showing an extreme, hateful anger The mayor’s vitriolic attacks against the city council only made him sound unreasonable. Usage tips The origin of vitriolic is “vitriol,” a strong chemical that could cause painful burns. TOEFL Prep I Find the word or phrase that is closest in meaning to each word in the left-hand column. Write the letter in the blank. 1. arrogantly (a) very bitter and hurtful 2. berate (b) to criticize and insult 3. humiliation (c) annoying 4. obnoxious (d) too proudly 5. vitriolic (e) embarrassment TOEFL Prep II Circle the word that best completes each sentence. Be careful: Many words in this chapter are very close in meaning to each other. Pay attention to small details in order to choose the best. 1. As a teenager, Dean did a lot of stupid things that he now feels (humiliation / shame) about. 2. Many foreigners feel that their appearance (stigmatizes / despises) them in this country. 3. Because the president was (obnoxious / contemptuous) of France’s opinion long ago, the French are not eager to help him now. 4. Mark (despises / berates) Henry and refuses to see him at all. 5. Turkey’s historic (antipathy / shame) toward Greece may be softening with the new generation. TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. Some radio talk show hosts are masters of obnoxious insults. Callers to such shows should be prepared for humiliation if they dare to disagree with the host’s views. The host controls whether the caller can speak, so
Negative Emotions 173 he can arrogantly berate the caller without allowing the caller to respond. Some shows, especially on AM radio, have hosts who are contemptuous of nearly everyone. They regularly use vitriolic language to stigmatize whole groups of people, such as foreigners, liberals, gays, or women. Some hosts don’t actually despise the groups they insult. They simply use antipathy as a form of entertainment, and they seem to feel no shame about the damage they do. 1. Which phrase best describes the author’s point of view? a. The author enjoys listening to radio talk shows. b. The author believes talk shows can cause damage. c. The author thinks talk show hosts are disturbing but honest. d. The author argues that hosts are ordinary people just doing their jobs. 2. Which people are often berated on radio talk shows, according to the author? a. hosts b. callers c. listeners d. advertisers Lesson 35 Negative Emotions TOEFL Prep I 1. d 2. b 3. e 4. c 5. a TOEFL Prep II 1. shame 2. stigmatizes 3. contemptuous 4. despises 5. antipathy TOEFL Success 1. b 2. b
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178 Culture 4. delinquency n. Serious misbehavior; not doing what one should do Because of his laziness and delinquency, Lefty was an unreliable friend. Usage tips A common combination is juvenile delinquency, meaning “criminal behavior by a teenager.” Parts of speech delinquent n, delinquent adj 5. fringe n. Edge; in social contexts, parts of society that look or act very different from most people Punk music got its start at the fringe of London’s rock music culture. Usage tips Fringe implies an edge that is uneven and not very solid. Parts of speech fringy adj 6. hedonistic adj. Excessively interested in seeking pleasure Suddenly wealthy, Allen fell into a hedonistic life of parties, expen- sive dinners, and heavy drinking. Usage tips Hedonistic usually implies that the pleasures are wrong. Parts of speech hedonist n, hedonism n, hedonistically adv 7. hypocritically adv. In a way that accuses other people of weaknesses that the speaker also possesses Henry spent $2,500 on a new suit and then hypocritically accused me of spending too much on clothes. Parts of speech hypocrite n, hypocrisy n, hypocritical adj 8. manipulation n. Quietly moving or influencing people or things in order to get what you want Bob’s manipulation of the boss’s feelings led to his promotion. Parts of speech manipulate v, manipulator n, manipulative adj 9. rebel v. To go against an established system or authority The people of Ghurdia rebelled against the dictator and set up a new government.
Social Rebels 179 Usage tips Rebel works well in political contexts and in contexts of personal relationships. Parts of speech rebel n, rebellion n 10. status quo n. The systems and conditions that exist now Let’s just maintain the status quo until we can think of a better way. TOEFL Prep I Find the word or phrase that is closest in meaning to each word in the left-hand column. Write the letter in the blank. 1. adolescent (a) not doing what you’re supposed to 2. conflict (b) clash; not fit together 3. delinquency (c) edge 4. fringe (d) like a teenager 5. status quo (e) current conditions TOEFL Prep II Complete each sentence by filling in the blank with the best word from the list. Change the form of the word if nec- essary. Use each word only once. cause hedonistic hypocritically manipulation rebel 1. Senator Bond, who often lied to Congress, __________ called the pres- ident a liar. 2. Some monks criticized the well-fed, art-loving people of fifteenth- century Florence for being __________. 3. During the 1970s, college students fought for one __________ after another, from saving the whales to changing the government. 4. Even though it’s illegal, __________ of lawmakers by rich companies is common. 5. It’s natural for young people to __________ against society, but not with violence.
180 Culture TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. Many adolescents and young adults go through a period when they rebel against what they perceive as an insincere world. Teens may take up causes such as radical environmentalism, protesting against the status quo.They may choose clothes that annoy their parents and associate with people from the fringes of society.This is a delicate period in a person’s life, full of chances to make bad decisions that could lead to Bonus Structure— juvenile delinquency and even jail. Conversely, it can be a Conversely means time of personal discovery that strengthens teens in a moral “on the other rejection of hedonistic lifestyles.At this age they may fearlessly hand.” speak up against hypocritically self-righteous authorities and against manipulation by the news media. These adolescent protests can lead to conflicts within families and communities, but stirring things up can also lead to serious reflection and positive change. 1. Which sentence best expresses the essential information of this passage? a. Teens are hedonistic and self-serving. b. Many teenagers are radical environmentalists. c. Adolescents often create conflicts in their communities. d. Teenage rebellion can cause problems, but it can be positive too. 2. According to the reading, what is one possible positive effect of teen rebellion? a. Adults might try to make positive changes. b. Teens may get in trouble with the police. c. Teens may become responsible adults later in life. d. Adults might imitate teens and also rebel. Lesson 36 Social Rebels TOEFL Prep I 1. d 2. b 3. a 4. c 5. e TOEFL Prep II 1. hypocritically 2. hedonistic 3. cause 4. manipulation 5. rebel TOEFL Success 1. d 2. a
182 Culture 3. depict v. To show in pictures Michelangelo’s painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel depicts nine scenes from the Bible. Parts of speech depiction n 4. dimension n. A direction or surface along which something can be measured; an aspect The three dimensions of physical objects are length, width, and depth. One dimension of the problem is their long history of competition. Parts of speech dimensional adj 5. esthetically adv. In a way that relates to beauty or appearance The outside of the office building is esthetically pleasing, but the in- side is dark and unpleasant. Usage tips Esthetically is often spelled with an “a” at the beginning: aesthetically. Parts of speech esthetic n, esthete n, esthetic adj 6. intrinsic adj. Being part of the basic nature of something Frequent elections are intrinsic to a democratic system. Parts of speech intrinsically adv 7. perspective n. A way of seeing from a particular location; a way of thinking about something From my perspective, the entire town can be seen through a set of large windows. They held different perspectives on how to care for their aging parents. 8. portrayal n. A description or drawing that reflects a certain point of view Most portrayals of Abraham Lincoln emphasize his sense of humor and his honesty.
Painting and Sculpture 183 Usage tips Portrayal is often followed by an of phrase to indicate what is being described. Parts of speech portray v 9. realism n. A technique that tries to picture something as it really looks Realism was popular among seventeenth-century Flemish painters like Rembrandt van Rijn. Parts of speech realist n, realistic adj 10. spectrum n. A range of different things, usually colors Bart’s colorful designs include every color of the spectrum, from deep blue to vibrant red. Usage tips The phrase the spectrum frequently means “the colors that the human eye can see.” TOEFL Prep I Find the word or phrase that is closest in meaning to each word in the left-hand column. Write the letter in the blank. 1. abstract (a) to show 2. depict (b) depiction 3. esthetically (c) presenting an idea, not a realistic picture 4. perspective (d) in a way that relates to beauty 5. portrayal (e) way of seeing things from a certain place TOEFL Prep II Circle the word that best completes each sentence. 1. The materials that go into a work of art usually have little (abstract / intrinsic) value. 2. In the 1970s, artists known as “the Boston School” revived (realism / context) by rejecting abstract techniques and trying to capture the ac- tual appearance of their subjects. 3. The colors of light that we can see are known as the visible (spectrum / perspective).
184 Culture 4. Medieval artists did not try to use (context / perspective) to give a sense of depth to their paintings. 5. The small, separate strokes of impressionist paintings give the works a dreamlike (portrayal / dimension). TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. Whether something is “art”is largely a matter of opinion. Art that most people consider to have no intrinsic value can contain a great treasure of ideas and invention to someone who sees something special in it. Styles in all the arts range over a wide spectrum. Some good art is esthetically unchallenging and easy to understand. Other Bonus Structure— works are strange forms, totally out of context to everyone Totally means but the artist. One artist’s portrayal of an everyday object, “completely” or “in such as a bouquet of flowers, may be grounded in realism every way.” and easily recognizable. Another painter’s depiction of the same bouquet may be very abstract, resembling flowers only in the artist’s mind. Regardless of the artist’s approach, the best art reveals new dimensions of experience and looks at the world from a fresh perspective. 1. Which sentence best expresses the essential information of this passage? a. Styles of art have changed throughout history. b. Realistic art has more meaning than abstract art. c. Esthetically pleasing art is too simple to contain much meaning. d. Works of art can mean different things, depending on one’s per- spective. 2. According to this reading, what is one big difference between abstract art and realistic art? a. Abstract art is harder to sell. b. Abstract art is harder to understand. c. Abstract art is harder to produce. d. Abstract art is harder to look at.
Painting and Sculpture 185 Lesson 37 Painting and Sculpture TOEFL Prep I 1. c 2. a 3. d 4. e 5. b TOEFL Prep II 1. intrinsic 2. realism 3. spectrum 4. perspective 5. dimension TOEFL Success 1. d 2. b
The Written Word 187 4. decipher v. To figure out the meaning, even though it is written in a code or an unknown language The Rosetta Stone helped archaeologists decipher ancient Egyptian writing. Usage tips A cipher is a code or puzzle; decipher means “solve a puzzle written in code.” 5. denote v. To mean something clearly and directly An “X” next to a name on this list denotes a person who has been chosen for the soccer team. Parts of speech denotation n 6. illiterate adj. Unable to read In many villages nearly everyone was illiterate and unschooled, and the few who could read held great power. Parts of speech illiterate n, illiteracy n 7. ingenious adj. Very clever and imaginative Ann thought up an ingenious way to keep other people from acci- dentally taking her pens. Parts of speech ingenuity n, ingeniously adv 8. inscription n. Something written into a piece of rock or metal The inscription on my ring says “August 1,” because that was the day of our wedding. Parts of speech inscribe v 9. phonetic adj. Related to the sounds in a language Children learning to write often make up phonetic spellings, based on the way a word sounds. Parts of speech phonetics n, phonetically adv
188 Culture 10. symbolic adj. Acting as a sign for some other thing or idea Since the 1970s, yellow ribbons have been symbolic of hope that someone will return from a dangerous situation. Usage tips Symbolic is often followed by an of phrase indicating the meaning of a symbol. Parts of speech symbolize v, symbol n, symbolically adv TOEFL Prep I Find the word or phrase that is closest in meaning to each word in the left-hand column. Write the letter in the blank. 1. advent (a) approach or arrival 2. decipher (b) newly invented in a clever way 3. ingenious (c) to figure out the meaning 4. inscription (d) related to spoken sounds 5. phonetic (e) something written into a hard surface TOEFL Prep II Complete each sentence by filling in the blank with the best word from the list. Change the form of the word if nec- essary. Use each word only once. ambiguous connotation denote illiterate symbolic 1. If my father told me to be quiet, the __________ was “I have a headache.” 2. The president’s response, “Wait and see,” was __________, meaning that perhaps he would take action, perhaps not. 3. In English writing, a mark called an apostrophe usually __________ a missing letter, as in isn’t for is not. 4. A circle with a plus attached (U) is __________ of “woman” and of the planet Venus. 5. Farley was a poor, __________ boy from a remote area who later taught himself to read and write.
The Written Word 189 TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. Johannes Gutenberg’s ingenious use of movable type in his printing press had a wide range of effects on European societies. Most obviously, readers no longer had to decipher odd handwriting, with ambiguous lettering, in order to read a written work. Bonus Structure— Gutenberg gave each letter standard forms, a move that Most obviously had connotations far beyond the printing business. The introduces an easy- inscriptions on tombstones and roadside mileposts, for to-see effect and implies that less- example, could now be standardized. The cost of books clear effects will decreased. Even illiterate people benefited indirectly from come later. the advent of this invention, as the general level of infor- mation in society increased. However, Gutenberg’s press was of limited use for languages that used picture-like symbols for writing instead of a phonetic system. Systems of symbolic pictographs, each of which denotes a word, require many thousands of characters to be cast into lead type by the printer. Phonetic systems, like the Latin alphabet, use the same few characters, recombined in thousands of ways to make different words. 1. According to this reading, how did the invention of the printing press benefit illiterate people? a. It helped them learn to read. b. It raised the level of information in a society. c. It lowered the cost of books. d. It saved them from having to read ambiguous handwriting. 2. Why was Gutenberg’s press not very practical for languages that use picture-like symbols? a. because character-based languages are made of pictographs b. because phonetic alphabets are clearer c. because there are too many characters to make movable type for each one d. because Gutenberg was European, so he didn’t know any character- based languages
190 Culture Lesson 38 The Written Word TOEFL Prep I 1. a 2. c 3. b 4. e 5. d TOEFL Prep II 1. connotation 2. ambiguous 3. denote 4. symbolic 5. literate TOEFL Success 1. b 2. c
192 Culture 4. gala adj. Expensive, elaborately arranged, and full of celebration A college graduation party should be a gala affair, not a backyard barbecue. Usage tips Gala is somewhat old-fashioned, far more common in print than in speech. Parts of speech gala n 5. hilarious adj. Very funny In my opinion, the most hilarious character on television was Basil Fawlty. Parts of speech hilarity n 6. improvisation n. Inventing a solution to an unexpected problem Boy Scouts take pride in their improvisation when faced with trou- ble during a camping trip. Parts of speech improvise v, improvisational adj 7. incompetent adj. Unskilled; lacking the ability to perform a task Because we hired an incompetent builder to replace our roof, we now have leaks everywhere. Usage tips Usually, incompetent implies that someone tries to do something but fails. Parts of speech incompetence n, incompetently adv 8. medium n. A channel or way for a meaning to be expressed Watercolor art is often considered childish, but some artists have achieved great things working in that medium. Usage tips The plural of medium is media. 9. skit n. A short, informal play Marnie and Chris spent a long time practicing their skit for the school show.
Entertainment 193 10. zeal n. Enthusiasm; a deep determination to do well Unfortunately,Tom’s zeal to become a rock star distracted him from his studies. Usage tips Zeal is often followed by to plus a verb or by a for phrase. Parts of speech zealot n, zealous adj TOEFL Prep I Find the word or phrase that is closest in mean- ing to each word in the left-hand column. Write the letter in the blank. 1. amateurish (a) group of people in a movie 2. cast (b) very funny 3. hilarious (c) unable to perform a task 4. incompetent (d) enthusiasm 5. zeal (e) not like professionals TOEFL Prep II Complete each sentence by filling in the blank with the best word from the list. Change the form of the word if nec- essary. Use each word only once. charismatic gala improvisation medium skit 1. The sixth-grade class put on a little __________ about Thanksgiving Day. 2. The year ended with a __________ celebration featuring a profes- sional orchestra. 3. Gena’s skills at __________ saved the play when she forgot her real lines. 4. Television is a passive __________ because it demands no input from the viewer. 5. Movie stars that are especially __________ often take advantage of their charm to go into politics.
194 Culture TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. When the artistic medium of theater falls into the hands of college students, the results can be unpredictable. At one college, we saw Shakespeare’s Hamlet done as musical theater.The idea was bad to start out with, and the actual play was amateurish, bordering on incompetent. The cast did not understand the tragic power of the play. Their improvisation when they forgot their lines was silly and inappropriate.The costumes and set design looked homemade, like something Bonus Structure— from an elementary-school skit.Three months later, however, However indicates this same group of students did a great job with the comedy a change in focus. A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Surprisingly enough, the actors were charismatic, played their parts with zeal, and achieved a hilarious result. It was no gala event, but we still felt that it was one of the best performances we had seen. 1. What word best describes the author’s opinion of the student per- formance of Hamlet? a. incompetent b. charismatic c. hilarious d. full of zeal 2. What is the author’s opinion of student performances in general? a. Students should not perform Shakespeare’s plays. b. Sometimes student productions are good, and other times they are not. c. All student shows are amateurish. d. Student performances should be gala events. Lesson 39 Entertainment TOEFL Prep I 1. e 2. a 3. b 4. c 5. d TOEFL Prep II 1. skit 2. gala 3. improvisation 4. medium 5. charismatic TOEFL Success 1. a 2. b
196 Culture 4. exotic adj. Interesting or unusual because of coming from a faraway place I walked into the restaurant and smelled the exotic aromas of Malaysian spices. Parts of speech exoticism n, exotically adv 5. inhibit v. To discourage or to slow down This lotion will inhibit the itching caused by mosquito bites. Parts of speech inhibition n 6. minimum n. The smallest possible amount or level The minimum for being accepted to Cavill University is a score of 60 on the test. Parts of speech minimize v, minimum adj, minimal adj, minimally adv 7. striking adj. Very noticeable; easily attracting attention Gordon had a striking new attitude after he learned self-discipline at the army academy. Usage tips Striking comes from a verb that means “to hit.” Parts of speech strike v, strikingly adv 8. trend n. A movement in one direction or a widespread change in fashion The trend among some young men is to wear their caps with the bill off to one side. Parts of speech trend v, trendy adj 9. vanity n. An excessive concern for one’s appearance Mark’s vanity led him to spend far too much money on haircuts and new clothes. Parts of speech vain adj
Risky Fashions 197 10. vulnerable adj. Exposed to possible harm Babies and very old people are especially vulnerable to the new disease. Usage tips Vulnerable is often followed by a to phrase. Parts of speech vulnerability n, vulnerably adv TOEFL Prep I Find the word or phrase that is closest in meaning to the opposite of each word in the left-hand column. Write the let- ter in the blank. 1. capricious (a) encourage 2. exotic (b) maximum 3. inhibit (c) ordinary 4. minimum (d) predictable 5. vulnerable (e) well protected TOEFL Prep II Circle the word that best completes the sentence. 1. The (trend / bulk) of his sweater made him look fatter than he really was. 2. Some analysts see a relationship between fashion (trends / vanity) and the ups and down of the economy. 3. The outfits worn by firefighters are (vulnerable / cumbersome) and heavy. 4. Her necklace was especially (cumbersome / striking) because of the diamonds it contained. 5. (Vanity / Bulk) led my grandfather to dye his hair and to dress like someone 40 years younger. TOEFL Success Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow. The fashion industry encourages people to spend far too much time and money on clothes. It’s natural for humans to use clothing as a mark of
198 Culture Bonus Structure— belonging to a group and to try to keep up with style trends. It’s natural for The fashion industry exploits this natural desire and turns it introduces an into a capricious, impractical, and expensive rush from one aspect of fashion style to another. For example, in one recent year, fashion did that’s not bad, but an abrupt about-face. Early in the year, fashionable outfits it implies that an showed a minimum amount of fabric and a maximum “unnatural” aspect will come next. amount of skin. By late summer, famous fashion designers were drowning people in bulky, cumbersome outfits that looked five sizes too big. Vanity inhibits people from looking realistically at exotic clothing fads. A striking new style catches their eye, they look at the clothes they’re wearing, and they are suddenly vulnerable to the manipulation of the fashion industry. 1. Which word best describes the fashion industry, according to the author? a. striking b. minimum c. capricious d. vulnerable 2. What is one reason people buy the latest fashions, according to the author? a. Because they want to feel like they are part of the group. b. Because they enjoy spending money. c. Because the fashion world is bizarre. d. Because their clothes from last year don’t fit. Lesson 40 Risky Fashions TOEFL Prep I 1. d 2. c 3. a 4. b 5. e TOEFL Prep II 1. bulk 2. trends 3. cumbersome 4. striking 5. Vanity TOEFL Success 1. c 2. a
200 400 Must-Have Words for the TOEFL berate conquest biased consciously bitterly consequence bond constraint bribery contamination bulk contemplate burden contemptuous bureaucratic contest context contrary candidate convey capricious convict cartel core cast corrode catastrophic counter cause cremation cease cultivation certifiably cumbersome charismatic cure chronologically curriculum circulate cynically civil clique coalition de facto coerce decipher cohesion decline coincide decrepit collapse degrade collide deify combustion delinquency commodity denominator compensate denote complex deny complication depict component deplete compress derive concentrated descendant condemn despise confide despondent conflict detain connotation detection
400 Must-Have Words for the TOEFL 201 deviant extinction devise extract devotion dilemma famine dimension fatally diminish feasibly discretely feature discriminate fertilize disease flood dispose of fluctuate distill folklore distinctly forensics distort fortify diverse fossilize divination fringe domesticate dynamic gala gap ecclesiastical generation election grotesque elementally guilty elite gut emission engender haggle enterprising haunt entrepreneurial hazardous equity hedonistic erode hierarchy erudite hilarious eruption horror esthetically humiliation evade hypocritically evidence hypothesize evolve exalt exclusive illiterate exotic impact expeditiously impair exploit implant exponentially implement
202 400 Must-Have Words for the TOEFL implicate kin implicitly impoverish improvisation lease in common legitimate in the trenches liability inaugurate longitude incentive loyal incompetent luxury indisputable industrious inference maintenance infinitesimal manipulation inflation marginal ingenious maximize inherent meditate inheritance medium inhibit merchant inject merit innovative migration inquiry milieu inscription minimum installation misconception integrally mobilize integrity modify intensify intentionally interdict net intermediary nobility intervene notion intrepid nucleus intrinsic intrusively intuitively obese invasive objectively invoke obnoxious irrigation obtain offense oppress jointly Orwellian juxtapose overlap
400 Must-Have Words for the TOEFL 203 paradigm rank parallel rate parochial ratio passion realism paternal rebel peer recede per capita reciprocity permeate reconciliation persevere reform persist regulate perspective relic phantom reservoir phonetic residual photosynthesis resign physical resist pious retain piracy retrieve plunge reward policy rigor poll rite portrayal ritually potent roster precipitation rotate predicament prejudiced prestige sacrifice prevailing safeguard prevalent saga privileged scandal procedure scar process secular prognosis seep proliferation seize promote self-perpetuating proportion sentiment proportionately sequence proprietor severely prosper shame prototype shrink proximity shuttle psychic sibling
204 400 Must-Have Words for the TOEFL simulation trend skit trigger smuggle solar sole unleash solidarity unmask source spectrum stable vanish status quo vanity stigmatize vein strategic verdict striking versus structure vestige subsidy villainy subtly violation surveillance vitriolic survive vulnerable suspect suspend suspicious willing symbolic witness working class wound tangible terminal tolerate zeal
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